Ravi Shastri, who is the director of Team India till the T20 World Cup next year, has been removed from the Indian Premier League governing council. The former Indian all-rounder has been involved with IPL ever since the tournament started in 2008.
The decision to drop Shastri was taken at the BCCI's annual general meeting in Mumbai on Monday. On similar ground of conflict of interest, Roger Binny has been dropped from the senior national selectors' panel. His son Stuart is a Team India member.
Binny has been replaced by former wicket-keeper MSK Prasad. Binny represented South Zone on the selection panel. In another change in the selection panel, Rajinder Singh Hans (Central Zone) has been replaced by Gagan Khoda. Sandeep Patil will continue to remain as chairman.
The Board has also appointed an ombudsman to oversee all cases of conflict of interest featuring administrators, current and former players involved with Indian cricket. More big names could fall on the wayside.
The BCCI regime, under new president Shashank Manohar, has clearly been tough on issue of conflict of interest. The Supreme Court, while barring former president N. Srinivasan from contest BCCI elections, came down hard on cricket administrators wearing multiple hats and having commercial interest in the game.
The RM Lodha panel, constituted by the Supreme Court, is likely to recommend changes in the BCCI constitution. The Lodha panel had in July suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years for the 2013 IPL betting scandal.
Source - NDTV