Politicians should stay away from cricket: Ajay Maken

Zeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: Taking a dig at the Indian Premier League (IPL), Sports Minister Ajay Maken has asked politicians to stay away from cricket.

Talking to a TV channel, Maken said, “Politicians should stay away from running the game of cricket.”

When asked if that held true for his own party colleagues like IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla too, he said that every politician cutting across party lines should stay away from the game.

“All the politicians including my colleagues should stay away. The game should be run by the people who have knowledge about the game and those who have good managerial skills,” Maken said.

He further added, “People who don’t know anything about cricket, who don’t know how to hold a bat, better avoid joining cricket.”

In the backdrop of a spot-fixing scandal that rocked the Indian Premier League (IPL), Maken had earlier said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should probe into the root cause of the problem and suggested that the body should de-link itself from running the cash-rich Twenty20 league to avoid "overlapping of interests".

"As I have said, the BCCI should go into the root cause of the problem. They have to handle the investigation because BCCI is recognised by the ICC to run cricket in India. It is their mandate and their duty. They are foremost responsible," Maken had said.

"Suspending five players is not enough. BCCI must come up with a long-term solution for this problem," he had added.