News 3 November 2015

Indian cricket official resigns amid corruption investigation

The Chief Operating Officer of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Sundar Raman, has reportedly resigned. According to the IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla, Raman had ‘submitted his resignation to the BCCI president and the BCCI president has accepted it.’

Raman is under investigation by the Lodha Committee for an alleged role in the IPL 2013 match-fixing scandal, as reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative. His resignation comes just days before he was scheduled to appear in front of the committee, which was set up by the Supreme Court of India to determine the punishment to be imposed on individuals involved in corruption and illegal betting in the IPL.

The news also follows reports that former President of the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI), N Srinivasan, is likely to be replaced as ICC Chairman by the BCCI’s current President, Shashank Manohar. According to ESPN Cricinfo, a majority of BCCI members feel it would be ‘inappropriate ‘to have Srinivasan continuing as the ICC chief after he was barred by the Supreme Court of India from seeking re-election as BCCI President.

According to local reports, the BCCI has also approached the Indian government’s Home Ministry to help in its bid to tackle match-fixing in cricket. According to the Hindustan Times, the BCCI’s General Secretary, Anurag Thakur, said that he had ‘discusssed that the BCCI doesn’t have the teeth to investigate [match-fixing]’ and that they were thinking of ‘a system where the investigation is done by a government agency.’

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