The start of the IPL is less than a week away. But as of now, the glitzy league does not have a governing council in place.
The murk of the spot-fixing case that engulfed the IPL two years ago is yet to clear. Two of the teams involved in the controversy, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings, are still a part of the show.
But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sees no reason to promptly confirm the setting up of a regulatory council for the league. The BCCI rule says the governing council must be appointed by the general body at the Board’s AGM every year and the term of each member should be for a year.
The BCCI held its AGM on March 3, but there is no word yet on the final members of the IPL Governing Council.
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A top BCCI official says he is ‘hopeful’ IPL will have a governing council before the April 8 kick-off. “We have still not finalised the governing council. Hopefully, we will have it in place before the IPL starts. We should have an eight-member council with two special invitees,” he said.
“We should have decided it just after the AGM because the governing council looks into the daily matters of the IPL. There are many things that need to be looked into in the build up to the IPL but because there is no GC, there was no clarity on them.”
Ranjib Biswal, IPL 2014 chairman, is not sure about the GC’s immediate future. “I cannot look into the IPL till the new council is constitutionalised,” he said.
All announcements concerning the IPL, which are usually made by the chairman, are being made by BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur as of now.
The word is that Biswal may get another term as IPL chairman. But there has been nothing official from the board about how the new governing council is likely to look.
Controversies have been a regular feature of the IPL, be it Harbhajan Singh slapping S Sreesanth after a game, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir having a go at each other during a game, KKR owner Shahrukh Khan abusing security guards at the Wankhede or the spot-fixing and betting scandal.
The league is still reeling from the effects of the 2013 spot-fixing case. The absence of a governing council can only add to the confusion.