Rajeev Shukla firm on leaving IPL post

New Delhi: Despite having resigned in the wake of the spot fixing and betting scandal, Rajeev Shukla chaired the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council meeting here Friday but he made it amply clear that he doesn’t want to continue as chairman of the high-profile league.

“They (BCCI) requested me to chair the meeting and I did so. There were no issues with that. But I have told the board that I do not wish to continue as IPL chairman,” Shukla told.

Shukla, who is also minister of state for parliamentary affairs, quit the IPL two months ago in the wake of the spot-fixing controversy but his resignation was not accepted by interim board chief Jagmohan Dalmiya.

The Congress MP said that he has intimated the board to look for a new IPL chief before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Annual General Meeting in September.

“I took the job for two years and now it is time for someone else. I am sure the BCCI will find a suitable candidate,” said Shukla, who took over from Chirayu Amin as IPL chairman in September 2011.

Interestingly, Shukla along with five other members gathered enough courage to tell BCCI president Narayanaswami Srinivasan not to disregard the adverse court observation and chair the working committee that had to be postponed.


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