New Delhi: The image of the Indian Premier League took a huge beating after it was revealed during 2013 edition that some the matches in the cash-rich league had been allegedly ‘fixed’.
A face-saving act, one of the steps suggested by then caretaker BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya — N. Srinivasan had stepped down till the end of the probe by a commission set up by Board — was to provide accreditation to players’ agents order to establish a better monitoring process. And that will the top agenda when the governing council of the IPL meets next.
After the reports of spot-fixing came to the fore, it was revealed dubious people had pretended to be agents and associates of players and easily entered restricted areas like hotel rooms players and officials like umpires to carry out their ‘operations’. Not only did the police arrest players like Sressanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, but also team owners Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra were also rounded up allegedly passing on team information, bringing shame and humiliation to the T20 league.
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But new IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal is leaving no stones unturned to ensure the image of of the most prolific domestic tournaments in world cricket is restored.
Speaking to MAIL TODAY on Thursday, Biswal assured that the governing council would discuss the proposal of providing accreditation to meet. “Yes. It is certain in the past that dubious people — pretending to be agents of players have easily entered restricted areas."
"Yes, there were talks of providing proper accreditation to the agents of players when the spot- fixing fiasco broke out and that will be at the top of our agenda when we meet next,” he said.
Echoing his sentiments, another senior BCCI official said: “Every step will be taken to ensure that dubious characters stay away from restricted areas. It has often been seen that certain people act as agents and stay in the same hotel as the players and end up acting as their extended family. If we can have a list of designated agents, we can even ask them to adhere to certain guidelines — something impossible at present.”
Biswal further added that another reason why the state associations have been asked to provide names of the domestic players — that they want to be part of the auction — to the IPL management.
“Uncapped players need to provide NOC from their state associations to be eligible for the auction. It has been done to ensure that agents stay away from initiating deals with the different franchises,” he said.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
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