New Delhi: Mohinder Amarnath, who has been inducted on Friday in the current IPL Governing Council as the second former cricketer apart from Ravi Shastri, said his endeavour would be to ensure that the game remains a clean one free from any mess.
"I have given my consent to the BCCI about joining the IPL governing council. Neither I am ecstatic nor indifferent. I have always been honest and sincere in whatever I have done.”
"I would be very happy if I can contribute my bit towards trying ensuring that cricket remains a clean game. I don`t believe that anyone can tarnish the image of the game," Amarnath said.
The first three Governing Council had Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. However, this time, the BCCI decided to prune the IPL GC and also reduce the number of former cricketers from three to two. Thus, Gavaskar and Pataudi had to make their way out.
With only one among the two likely to be accommodated, both Gavaskar and Pataudi declined the offer to join the governing council.
Although, Amarnath is still not aware about what will be his exact role.
"Right now, it will be too early for me to comment. I will first have to know exactly how I will be functioning and what exactly will be my role in the governing council," he said.
He was also not in a position to comment whether he will be consulting Shastri. "It`s too early to say anything. It`s just today that I have given my consent."
In 2005, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) overlooked Mohinder Amarnath`s candidature for the post of national coach and zeroed in on former Australian captain Greg Chappell.
Amarnath wasn`t particularly amused about being left in the lurch after the BCCI panel saw his Powerpoint Presentation.
The former cricketer in these years has worked as a television expert apart from working as a technical advisor with the Bengal team during the 2008-09 season when they were promoted to Elite division from Plate.