The IPL governing council has unanimously appointed Chirayu Amin, an industrialist and head of the Baroda Cricket Association, as the interim chairman of the league, following the suspension of Lalit Modi late on Sunday night. The BCCI president Shashank Manohar announced the decision following a meeting in Mumbai, and also said that the board’s chief administrative officer, Ratnakar Shetty, would look into the records and documents of the IPL.
He said the former cricketers on the governing council – Sunil Gavaskar, MAK Pataudi and Ravi Shastri – would formulate a plan for the 2011 IPL tournament after consultations with the players, coaches and franchises.
“In the last 15 days, there were lot of allegations and counter allegations made through media, as a result of which, the board looked into the allegations levelled and took a decision to issue a show cause notice to Lalit Modi, and pending inquiry, decided to suspend him. The board will hold, after receiving a reply from Mr. Modi, an inquiry if necessary. If the reply or Mr Modi convinces the members, the proceedings will be dropped …”
“Shetty has been asked to look into the the records because many of the documents are missing. Every day the income-tax department is asking for records and we don’t have them in our custody.”
Amin is a highly successful Vadodara-based industrialist, whose Alembic pharmaceuticals company lends its name to one of the city’s three first-class cricket grounds. He has been on the BCCI board for the past few years and has served on its marketing committee.
The IPL governing council, minus its suspended chairman, met at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai to discuss the issue of Lalit Modi, who was sent a charge sheet after the tournament’s final, and the possibility of an IPL without him.
Absent from the meeting were Modi and Farooq Abdullah, the president of the Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association. Those present included the BCCI president Shashank Manohar, vice-President Arun Jaitley, secretary N Srinivasan, media and finance committee chairman Rajiv Shukla and IPL vice-chairman Niranjan Shah.
The meeting started at 10 am, just a few hours after the BCCI sent Modi a show-cause notice, and a charge-sheet specifying the allegations, that capped two weeks of raging controversy over financial wrong-doings in IPL. Modi was asked by the BCCI to reply to the show-cause notice within 15 days.