[caption id="attachment_82149" align="aligncenter" width="700"]
Unanimous decision to scrap the Champions League T20 comes a day after Chennai Super Kings received a 2 year match suspension following allegations of spot fixing in IPL 6 (Photo: PTI)[/caption]
Under pressure to resolve the crisis triggered by Justice R M Lodha committee's verdict on the IPL betting scandal, an embattled BCCI on Sunday decided to constitute a working group to study the order and give recommendations within six weeks.
The decision to form the group was taken at the crucial IPL Governing Council meeting in Mumbai where members discussed the implications of the verdict, suspending Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL for two years.
The BCCI said that it will adhere to the verdict in totality. The Board will reveal the names of the working group members Monday.
"BCCI respects the verdict of the Lodha Commission and will abide by their decisions, in toto. The members recognised that there is an urgent need to understand the impact of this
decision and the wider ramifications for BCCI in detail, so as to uphold the paramountcy of the game in our country," the Board said in a statement after the meeting which lasted
little over an hour.
"The IPL GC hence authorised the Chairman, Shri Rajeev Shukla, to constitute a working group which will study this verdict, in consultation with all our key advisors and explore
all the possible measures to be adopted, with an objective to protect the interests of all the stakeholders involved," it added.
The Board said the recommendations of the group will be sent to the BCCI's all-powerful working committee.
"This group will work within a time bound period of 6 weeks and report their recommendations to the IPL GC, which will deliberate and share their views with the working
committee of the BCCI, for further action," it said.
IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla said the members of the group would be finalised by Monday.
"House has entrusted me with responsibility to make a small group that will take 6 weeks to submit a report as to how we implement the order and way forward for IPL. How to conduct IPL, how many teams and all stakeholders CAC members, sponsors, broadcasters, state associations, legal experts that report will come to GC and it will go WC which will take decision," Shukla said.
"Members will be announced tomorrow. We have decided to implement Justice Lodha verdict in spirit and decided to work accordingly. All stakeholders have given their opinion, everybody is of the view that the show must go on. And I reiterate that IPL 9 will be bigger and greater," he asserted.
ALSO READ: IPL 2013 Spot Fixing Scandal: A Timeline
Gurunath Meiyappan, the former team principal of CSK, and Raj Kundra, co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals, were suspended for life for betting and bringing the IPL and the game into disrepute.
The Justice Lodha Committee was constituted by the Supreme Court in January this year with its terms of reference being to announce the quantum of punishment against Meiyappan, Kundra and the two franchises -- India Cements Ltd, owner of CSK and Jaipur IPL, owners of Rajasthan Royals.
Along with this, the future of the players is at stake with the committee for now giving room for them to join other teams.
On Saturday, Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar said the board has done nothing to improve its image and now has no choice but to implement the Lodha Committee’s findings.
ALSO READ: Former BCCI President, Shashank Manohar Blames N. Srinivasan For IPL Mess
“The BCCI has done nothing to improve its image and now the board has no option but to implement the findings of the Lodha Committee,” Manohar told India Today TV.
Manohar also lashed out at International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chairman N. Srinivasan saying the former BCCI president should have stepped down when the Indian Premier league (IPL) spot-fixing scandal broke in 2013.
He also urged him to step down from his position as the ICC chairman.
ALSO READ: IPL Spot-Fixing: CSK, RR Suspended For 2 Years; Meiyappan And Kundra Banned For Life
“Srinivasan should have stepped down in 2013, no individual is ahead of institution and he too is the root of all scandal and should immediately step down from his position as chairman of ICC,” Manohar said.
He slammed the BCCI again saying it has to be proactive as its work is now done by the courts.
ALSO READ: After IPL Spot Fixing Verdict, Champions League T20 Scrapped