Mumbai: Ravi Shastri came out in strong support of IPL’s governing council after questions were raised on the body’s failure to control and detect the alleged financial misdeeds of former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.
IPL has come under the heavy scrutiny of the public eye following massive financial scandal by the for IPL chief Modi that surfaced after a series of controversies.
A 13-member governing council, comprising of former Indian captains - Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, was constructed to monitor the administration of the IPL.
However, Shastri said that the role of the council was to smoothly conduct the match and not to keep an eye on the finances or marketing of the tournament.
“My job is to ask cricketing questions, which I did,” Shastri told an Indian newspaper. “And we all did in different areas in different meetings. When it comes to deals and finance, there is the finance committee and the working committee of the board.
“If someone tells me I am going to do a television deal for 30m dollars, I can’t say make it 50m. It’s not my area of expertise. If you ask me whether there should be five overseas players instead of four, or there should be 80 matches instead of 60, then I have my opinion. Look at the minutes of meetings -- there are several times when I have voiced my opinion. If anyone wants to point a finger about the cricket, I am willing to answer any query.”
Modi has been suspended after the charges against him surface but all three former captains have been retained in the council. after the suspension of Modi. The first and the foremost the council has been entrusted with is to work out modalities of the 2011 auction, including a plan to for franchises to withhold three foreign and four local players, after consultations with the players, coaches and franchise officials.
Shastri elaborated on the issues involved in forming teams for the fourth season. “ [We need to look into] the interests of franchise owners who have invested in players for three years. They’ll have their ideas. Two new teams coming in will have their own ideas,” he said.
“How to make it a level playing field is another key issue. It can’t be the case that all the top players are taken away by the eight original franchises. The strength of the league is in the strength of the teams. You can’t let it happen that a franchise owner who has more money can go and clean up the table.”