Not Out! The Incredible Story Of The Indian Premier League: Book explores intricacies of business of IPL
The politician-cricket official dual role has hit the reputation of
the game and the IPL and has also been the cause of many of the conflict
of interest controversies thereby adversely impacting politicians as
well as cricket’s overall health, says Delhi-based sports attorney Desh
Gaurav Sekhri in his new book.
The book explores the intricacies of the business of the IPL,
pinpointing what it got right and where it went wrong. It also looks
closely at the spot-fixing scandal, the conflict of interest
controversy, the issues that led to suspension of two champion teams and
the complicated interplay between the BCCI and the IPL.
According to the author, nothing has caused more grief to the
BCCI-IPL than the conflict of interest controversy. He says the most
likely to be damaging to the reputation of the BCCI-IPL in the future is
the duality of roles performed by public officials who hold positions
in the BCCI.
“The Justice (R M) Lodha Committee’s recommendation was to exclude
ministers and government officials from the board’s administration. The
current IPL chairman, Rajeev Shukla, is a politician. The secretary of
the BCCI, Anurag Thakur, is a politician. A member of the present IPL
governing council, Jyotiraditya Scindia, is a politician.
“Former BCCI president and the current nominee for the ICC, if
(Shashank) Manohar is unavailable, Sharad Pawar, is a politician. Many
of the state associations’ presidents or board members are politicians,”