The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), it seems, has started to look beyond Lalit Modi and his core group when it comes to hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) .
In a first major move, the BCCI appointed Bharat Patel, the former chairman of Procter & Gamble who served as director of P&G Hygiene and Health Care Ltd until March 31, 2009, as the Advisor to the Interim Chairman of IPL, Chirayu Amin.
“Patel is being appointed as the honorary advisor to the interim chairman of IPL, Chirayu Amin. Patel had been associated in setting up IPL in 2008 in an advisory capacity to the then chairman,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan stated in a media statement on Tuesday.
According to a Governing Council member, Amin is keen on having the 64-year-old on board.
Another BCCI official revealed that Patel, who graduated from the Sayaji Maharaj University in Baroda — Amin's hometown, has been associated with the IPL since its inception.
“Even Lalit (Modi) sought help from Patel,” the official said.
“His vast experience in the corporate world helped the Board appoint the media and advertising agency.”