IPL prepares for life after Modi

Afp April 27, 2010

NEW DEHLI: The Indian Premier League (IPL) has a long and profitable future ahead of it but the suspension of tournament chief Lalit Modi must lead to reform, experts say.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday suspended Modi pending an internal probe into allegations of corruption, tax evasion and money-laundering that have sparked a tax investigation by the government. Modi, 46, was also removed as a BCCI vice-president and as chairman of the Twenty20 Champions League, a separate club tournament organised jointly by India, Australia and South Africa. Businessman Chirayu Amin, one of five BCCI vice-presidents and a veteran cricket administrator, was appointed to head the tournament’s governing council as interim chief.

Former national captains Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri – all members of the governing council – were put in charge of looking after future editions of the tournament. With the fourth edition of the tournament 12 months away, the BCCI has time on its side to take control of the event’s complex organisation.


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