Sunil Gavaskar, the BCCI interim president for the IPL, hoped the India leg will be remembered for cricket instead of controversies. He hoped the wickets on offer for the teams were constructive for exciting cricket.

Gavaskar, who attended an IPL Governing Council meeting on Saturday, said “I had mentioned in the UAE that from now on IPL should be remembered for the quality of cricket instead of other aspects. The India leg should continue the trend.”

Drawing parallels with the first leg hosted by the UAE, he said: “The Integrity Officer deputed to each team had a positive effect on the perception about the game. I believe any approach made to players was being reported.”

He questioned the viewpoint about IPL being a tainted event due to last season’s incidents involving certain players.

“Just because two or three players were compromised, it is not fair to tar the tournament. Using the same argument, a country cannot be looked down upon if a few people have committed crimes.”

From a cricketing viewpoint, he pointed out that matches in the UAE leg resulted in low scores due to the quality of tracks. “Good wickets mean good cricket.”

IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal replied in the negative about any move to reportedly shift the IPL-7 playoff in Chennai to any another venue.


SC relieves Gavaskar as interim BCCI chiefJuly 18, 2014