The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary, Ajay Shirke says that time is already so short ahead of the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL 2017 tournament is in danger of not starting on time.
During an Interview with Time of India, Shirke categorically said that the BCCI cannot pay the Rajasthan cricketers, that the members of the Board are not accepting to comply with the Lodha Committee recommendations and why he will not resign from the Board.
“The 2017 IPL is in danger. We have no idea whether it’s happening. How can it happen? We’ve already conveyed the details to the (Lodha) Committee on what needs to be done. There’s a long list that we sent to them on the work that’s pending. There’s no time.” Shirke said.
How do you see this protracted legal issue develop between the BCCI and the courts? Will it affect Indian cricket?
“It is unfortunate that the BCCI finds itself in the position it is. What started as a controversy related to match-fixing and betting indulged in by some players has ended up at a totally different place. In the immediate future, I do not see cricket getting affected, but if the matter drags along and a complete vacuum gets created in the management of the BCCI by lack of experience, that situation has potential to create a major crisis.”
“The BCCI is following the order fully. All disbursements have been stopped to the state associations as well as no new contracts have been scheduled for finalisation.” he added.
The BCCI secretary also said “Even the IPL bids have been put on hold. We now wait to hear from the Lodha Committee about the threshold limit that they wish to set, as well as the appointment of the auditors.”