Mumbai: The recently appointed interim chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Chirayu Amin said his immediate focus would be to protect the interests of the franchises and players of the annual cricket tournament.
“Our job is to manage the affairs of IPL in the most transparent manner and to make sure that we have clarity, transparency...(to) take care of the interests of our players and of our stakeholders, who are our franchisees,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Amin was handed charge of IPL by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday after it suspended Lalit Modi the previous night pending enquiry into a list of charges.
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Amin, chairman and managing director of Vadodara-based Alembic Ltd, a century-old pharmaceutical firm, is also president of the Baroda Cricket Association and vice-president of BCCI.
“My job is to interact with all the franchisees and give them the assurance that their investment into IPL is safe,” he said.
The Twenty20 cricket league, launched three years ago, has emerged a mega entertainment event, but Modi and some of the franchisees are now caught in a controversy over charges, including irregularities in bids and broadcasting deals.
Bringing clarity: IPL’s interim chairman Chirayu Amin says he will meet all franchisees to assure them that their investments are safe. Reuters
“The job of cleaning up has already started,” said Amin. “They (government agencies) need a lot of documents and whatever we have, we are providing... We are fully supporting them and are as interested as you to unearth the reality and put the correct picture in front of everyone.”
Amin refused to comment on the charges against Modi, maintaining that the suspended commissioner had 15 days to reply.
He dismissed any suggestion that the game would be hit by the controversy. “The management of the IPL is under the radar; I wouldn’t say that the cricketing aspect of IPL is under any suspicion.”