Vadodara: The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) interim chief Chirayu Amin on Tuesday said efforts are on to clean up the scandal-hit sports event and promised a “bigger, better and transparent” IPL next year.
“The job has just started and I am getting involved in it,” Amin said in his first press conference after being appointed the IPL boss in Monday’s Governing Council meeting.
Amin replaced Lalit Modi who was suspended minutes after the prize distribution ceremony of the IPL final on Sunday.
“The show will go on. IPL 4 will be on schedule and it will be bigger and better. The cleaning up is already happening. My job is to run IPL in the most transparent manner,” the 62-year-old Vadodara businessman said.
Amin also has some changes in mind for the IPL, one of them being to stop the after-match parties introduced by Modi. “I don’t know about the cheerleaders, but IPL nights will be stopped,” he said. Asked about his style of functioning, Amin said: “I have my own working style which will evolve. Flamboyance has got nothing to do with cricket. Cricket is itself a religion, it sells itself.”
Amin will soon interact with franchise owners and “assure them that their investment is safe and will flourish”. He added: “IPL’s brand image is strong, no one can touch that.”
Asked about missing documents on franchise bids and TV and Internet rights, Amin said the matter is being investigated. “Nothing is out of control. There has to be a total audit of things. Some documents are missing and the Board is looking into it,” the chairman and managing director of Alembic Ltd said.