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Updated: March 30, 2014 00:33 IST

Gavaskar confident of successful IPL-VII

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“I am confident that the upcoming season of the IPL 2014 will be a successful one,” Sunil Gavaskar said. File photo: K.R. Deepak
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“I am confident that the upcoming season of the IPL 2014 will be a successful one,” Sunil Gavaskar said. File photo: K.R. Deepak

Interim president of BCCI for the IPL-VII Sunil Gavaskar met the IPL governing council chairman Ranjib Biswal at Dubai on Saturday and obtained the latest status report of the competition for the current season.

“I had a meeting with Ranjib Biswal (Chairman, IPL GC) and the management staff in Dubai.

“They briefed me on the various aspects related to the IPL 2014 that will commence on April 16 in the UAE. I am confident that the upcoming season of the IPL 2014 will be a successful one,” said Gavaskar.

A non-resident Indian (NRI) for many years, Gavaskar has been a frequent visitor to the UAE right from the days of the Sharjah-based Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS) in 1981. A number of experienced BCCI officials will assist him leading to the inauguration of this edition of the IPL at Abu Dhabi on April 15.

The BCCI and Gavaskar in particular, will also receive support from the ICC.

“Recognising the importance of the integrity of the competition, the ICC will provide its full support for the matches in the UAE...

“It will also be a good opportunity for both the BCCI and the ICC to share knowledge and experience as we both strive to deliver memorable events to cricket fans around the world,” ICC chief executive David Richardson had said after the BCCI announced that the first 20 matches of the current season will be played at the UAE because of India’s general elections.

Gavaskar should not lose sight of the main purpose behind his
installation in BCCI. There are others to take care of IPL-7. He
should concentrate on completing a thorough and impartial investigation
into the shameful and illegal acts of betting and match fixing indulged
in by the top management of CSK and RR and take suitable punitive action
against the guilty, as per IPL guidelines. Cricket fans will judge him
by his success in his new assignment and not by his past records.

from:  R. Seetharam
Posted on: Mar 30, 2014 at 17:33 IST
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