Indian Premier League’s interim chief Chirayu Amin has conceded that the event’s Governing Council erred in trusting Lalit Modi too much and should have kept an eye on the suspended IPL commissioner’s functioning.
“The success of the IPL was so dazzling that everyone was basking in its glory. Certain details were not disclosed to us in all this. We trusted Mr. Modi in good faith. I have to admit that the Governing Council could have been more vigilant,” Mr. Amin, himself a council member besides being BCCI vice-President, said.
The low-profile Baroda Cricket association president has replaced a man who was known for his flamboyance. Amin said he never thought he would be given the job.
“The job is tough. It has been thrown up to me unexpectedly. I didn’t expect to be put in the hot seat,” he quipped.
Mr. Amin, who is the owner of pharma company Alembic, takes over as the IPL chief at a time when the league is battling allegations of match-fixing and money laundering. But Mr. Amin said the show will go on.
“Cricket and the IPL will go on. The players’ interest will be take care of. They will enjoy playing cricket. The owners of the franchisees will also flourish,” he told NDTV.
Asked how he plans to clean up the mess, Mr. Amin said, “We will try to make it a system-oriented management of the IPL.
The government is looking into various issues and the BCCI and the IPL are supporting them. Some documents are missing. BCCI and IPL are trying to reorganise themselves so that we have all the documents.
“We will maintain full transparency. There is no hanky-panky. BCCI is a democratic set-up. We are doing utmost to make it work,” he said.