Says he will try for more IPL matches in Odisha

Newly-appointed IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal on Tuesday said he will soon prepare a roadmap to make IPL matches clean and corruption-free.

“I will try to make IPL a clean cricket tournament. Besides, I will also see that IPL matches will be played in a better way with every passing season,” Mr Biswal, who was appointed the IPL chairman at the BCCI AGM in Chennai on Monday, said on his arrival here.

Meeting soon

Stating that it is a very important responsibility, the former national selector said, “I’ll call a meeting soon to review all these incidents related to IPL. Also I’ll hold discussions to make a system of checks and balances to make cricket corruption-free.”

The Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) president and a former India Under-19 captain, Mr Biswal promised more IPL matches in the State in future. Odisha is a venue for IPL matches, but the local franchisee, Sunrisers Hyderabad, must agree for the matches here, he said.

Mr Biswal, who has been a team manager on different tours, said that he would like to see that there was no lobbying for getting a berth in Team India.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday congratulated Mr Biswal on being appointed chairman of IPL.

“It is a pride for all of us that Biswal has been named as the IPL chairman,” said Odisha Cricket Association (OAC) secretary Asirbad Behera. –PTI