After-match parties in the T20 league, rocked by spot-fixing and betting scandal involving players, bookies and an important team functionary, may be a thing of the past.
It is one of “clean-up” moves planned by Jagmohan Dalmiya, named to run the Indian cricket board on Sunday temporarily after BCCI president N Srinivasan “stepped aside”, to restore confidence in the game.
Television reports claimed that strategic timeouts and cheergirls, too, could be banished but HT could not independently confirm it.
Asked about a deadline for the probe panel investigating allegations of betting against Srinivasan's son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings’ Gurunath Meiyappan, Dalmiya merely said: “It is a million dollar question”.
Srinivasan has agreed to stay away till the probe report is out.
“No one can deny that the image of Indian cricket has been tarnished. But at the same time you can’t cry over spilt milk. We need to ... take our responsibilities,” Dalmiya said, adding he was not in favour of scrapping the cash-rich league.