Sanjay Patel is the newly appointed BCCI secretary and he states the Indian Premier League has a place in cricket despite the recent arrests and allegations related to spot-fixing and betting.
The external problems in the IPL are going to be addressed, each and every element before next year; said Patel to a reputed daily. The interim BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya is well-known to take tough measures and with the team of many senior officials around, Patel does not feel that these recent events can stall the league, he adds that the game of Cricket is bigger than individuals.
BCCI had earlier suspended fast bowler Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals team-mates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila- the three players were arrested for their alleged indulgence in spot-fixing.
Other arrests included, Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of the then BCCI president N Srinivasan who was holding a top management official post in the Chennai Super Kings, was also found guilty on charges of betting, fraud and forgery.
Co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, Raj Kundra, confessed to betting and was told to move away from all activities concerning cricket of RR.
Top officials resigned their respective posts, Treasurer Ajay Shirke, secretary Sanjay Jagdale and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla and Srinivasan temporarily stepped aside from the post of president at a BCCI Working Committee meeting in Chennai, until a two-man independent committee reached a verdict on Meiyappan and Kundra's misdemeanour.
Patel who is the joint secretary of the Baroda Cricket Association and member of the IPL governing council added that they will initiate a stricter code of conduct for the cricketers.
The after-match parties are put to a full stop a long time ago and the BCCI can't allow anything that is tarnishing the image of the league, says Patel.
Patel also wants to pay consideration to other aspects of the BCCI and Indian cricket, apart from the IPL; proper functioning of the board has been practised.
Indian cricket team is performing well in England and there are no worries with the day-to-day working of the board. Patel says there is also a probe committee which is looking into the IPL and the committee's decision is likely to be announced after the Working Committee meeting in New Delhi on June 10.
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