Rajiv Shukla says no changes in IPL schedule
New Delhi: Indian Premier League Governing Council Chairman Rajiv Shukla on Saturday said there will be no changes in the schedule of the tournament. He said: " The final will be played as scheduled and the BCCI is looking into all details emerging from the scandal."
Earlier today, BCCI president N. Srinivasan, on the other hand, said that he had done nothing wrong with regard to the Indian Premier League, and categorically refused to resign from his position.
Srinivasan told the media outside Mumbai Airport that: " I have done nothing wrong. I have no intention to resign. I cannot be bulldozed. This is all a political game and conspiracy. The BCCI will follow strictly all of its rules. The law will take its course."
Srinivasan was to meet his arrested son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan at around 6 p.m. on Saturday evening. Earlier, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader and former Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament D. Raja also expressed concern as a citizen of India over the spot-fixing episode in the ongoing sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Raja called on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to speak out and clarify what it was doing to end such scams and what steps it would be taking to punish the guilty as per the laws of the land.
"Actually, it is for the people of the BCCI to speak out and make it clear, and clarify what is happening in the IPL. As a citizen of this country, my concern is that they (BCCI) are making money out of cricket," said Raja.
"It (the IPL) is a big gamble, and they (BCCI) are not accountable to finance ministry or, the sports ministry. The lawmakers should make sure what their role in all this is. The time has come for the government to take a serious notice and initiate strict action. Everything has become a fraud in the name of sports," he added.
Raja also said that he was personally not in favour of politicians interfering in the activities of sports federation.