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Chirayu Amin...Who?

New Delhi: Indian cricket board vice-president Chirayu Amin finds himself in the spotlight with his sudden shift to the multi-billion dollar Indian Premier League (IPL) as its interim chairman in place of the suspended high-flying commissioner Lalit Modi.

But the 62-year-old Amin is no stranger to cricket administration or marketing affairs.

Amin, who has always maintained a low-key, is the president of the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) and is also the chief managing director (CMD) of the Baroda-based 100-year-old pharmaceutical giant Alembic Ltd, which has a turnover of Rs.1200 crore.

He is also a member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) marketing committee.

With some of the big names in the Governing Council, Amin`s appointment came as a surprise as he made his entry in the cricket politics in 2004. Since his debut in cricket administration, Amin has kept a clean record, and has finally been awarded for it.

Amin Monday said the Governing Council`s priority now was to look at planning the game next year.

On Modi, he said: "The Governing Council has issued a show cause notice to Mr Modi and now he will have a chance to reply to all the allegations. Once he has done that, the council will look at it. It has all been public, I have nothing more to comment. Let`s wait for his reaction."

Amin also held out an assurance that the IPL will be clean and transparent.

"I can assure you that any new deals - and whatever deals have been been happening - will be enquired into with total transprancy. The Governing Council is hell-bent on giving total transparency to all deals and that will be our job for some time," he said.

Amin holds a BSc and an MBA and is also chairman of Shreno Ltd., Alembic Glass Industries Ltd. and Paushak Limited. He is director of United Phosphorous Ltd. and an independent non-executive director of Elecon Engineering Company Ltd.

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