Rajeev Shukla has no plans to continue as IPL chairman

Although Rajeev Shukla chaired the IPL Governing Council meeting, he said he had no plans to continue as IPL chairman © Getty Images

New Delhi: Aug 2, 2013

Despite having resigned in the wake of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing and betting controversy, Rajeev Shukla chaired the IPL Governing Council meeting in New Delhi on Friday but he made it amply clear that he doesn’t want to continue as chairman of the high-profile league.

“They [BCCI] requested me to chair the meeting and I did so. There were no issues with that. But I have told the board that I do not wish to continue as IPL chairman,” Shukla told IANS.

Shukla, who is also minister of state for parliamentary affairs, quit the IPL two months ago in the wake of the spot-fixing controversy but his resignation was not accepted by interim BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya.

The Congress MP said that he has intimated the board to look for a new IPL chief before the BCCI Annual General Meeting in September.

“I took the job for two years and now it is time for someone else. I am sure the BCCI will find a suitable candidate,” said Shukla, who took over from Chirayu Amin as IPL chairman in September 2011.

Interestingly, Shukla along with five other members gathered enough courage to tell BCCI President N Srinivasan not to disregard the adverse court observation and chair the working committee that had to be postponed.