Ravi Shastri and I have not been appointed in BCCI's probe panel, says Ajay Shirke

Earlier, it was reported that Ravi Shastri (above), Ajay Shirke (MCA president) and a retired judge of high court are likely to be on BCCI probe panel which will investigate Gurunath Meiyappan s role in IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy © Getty Images

Mumbai: May 28, 2013
Ajay Shirke, Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) president, denied reports that he and former India skipper Ravi Shastri, will be appointed in the three-member commission which will probe Gurunath Meiyappan’s role in the IPL spot-fixing scandal. Both Shirke and Shastri are part of the IPL’s Governing Council (GC).
“Absolutely not. Neither Ravi nor I have been appointed. In fact, the five-member committee which will appoint the members has not even met,” Shirke was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
The names of BCCI senior vice president Arun Jaitley, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale were also doing the rounds to be members of the commission.
Earlier, it was reported that Shirke, Shastri and a retired judge of the high court would form the three-member panel.
Shirke is also the BCCI treasurer since 2011 and is known to be very close to BCCI chief N Srinivasan. Earlier, he was the vice-chariman of the National Cricket Academy.
Gurunath is in the custody of the Mumbai police. He was arrested by the Crime Branch of Mumbai police for his alleged link in the spot fixing scandal that came to light with the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals cricketers – India fast bowler Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila. Gurunath’s name was revealed by Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who has been arrested by Mumbai police.

(With inputs from IANS)

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