Chirayu Amin takes over as new IPL chief
BCCI vice president and the head of the Baroda Cricket Association Chirayu Amin has been made announced as the interim IPL commissioner after the suspension of Lalit Modi..
The former IPL commissioner was suspended last night by BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla via email informing Modi of the boardís decision to relieve him off his duties before todayís meeting of the IPLís governing council in Mumbai.
With the suspension hanging over him Modi appeared at the presentation ceremony and delivered what seemed like a farewell speech thanking his family for supporting him before claiming all the charges he is facing are based on innuendos and all decisions that were taken by the governing council were made together.
"We have had some off field unpleasant dramas only based on innuendo, half truths and motivated leaks from all kinds of sources," said Modi.
"I assure you all decisions have been taken jointly by the governing council. Still, as the leader of the team, if there is any flouting of rules or any other financial irregularity, I will take full responsibility," he added.
"The commercial aspect of a great property like the IPL is an important thing. However, ethics and transparency are more important. But, in the last 15 days, a lot of allegations and counter-allegations have been there in the media," said BCCI President Shashank Manohar.
"The Board has looked into the allegations levelled and took the decision to issue a show-cause notice to Mr. Modi, and, pending inquiry, decided to suspend him," he added.
"But since the tournament was on, we didn't want any problems caused and didn't want to disrupt the tournament in any way. The show-cause notice was sent only after the presentation ceremony was over."
"After receiving a reply from Mr. Modi, the Board will hold an inquiry. But if Mr. Modi's reply convinces the members, then the proceedings will be dropped."
"We have appointed Mr. Shetty to look into all the records because many of the documents are missing from the IPL offices. Everyday, the Income Tax Department is asking for the documents and we don't have them in our custody. Therefore we have asked Mr. Shetty to look into all these aspects and collect the documents."