Ranjib Biswal appointed IPL chairman at BCCI AGM

Ranjib Biswal (centre) replaced Rajeev Shukla who resigned from the post during the IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy.

Sep 30, 2013

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed Ranjib Biswal as the chairman of Indian Premier League (IPL) during the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday. Prior to this, Biswal was manager of the Indian Cricket team during the ICC World Cup 2011 and the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. He is also the head of Orissa Cricket Association.

“It feels good that the BCCI members have kept faith in me. It’s a big responsibility and I will look to do the job to the best of my abilities,” he was quoted as saying by The Times of India. Biswal replaced Rajeev Shukla, who had stepped down from the post during the IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy.

He credited his past experience with cricket for bagging the post. “I have been a selector of the Indian team as well… Yes, I have played at a decent level and I understand what the players want. I am sure all these things were taken into account when my name was proposed for the chairman’s post,” he added.

Admitting that he had a task to restore the credibility after the spot-fixing controversy, Biswal said, “Yes, these are challenging times, but we will work to ensure that the IPL remains one of the most coveted products of the Indian cricket fraternity. There’s no problem that we can’t overcome. We will look to make it a controversy free IPL.”