Mumbai:There are some big changes in Indian cricket, including a major Indian Premier League shakedown.
The IPL governing council has been reconstituted and former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is not part of the new team, the term of which has also been reduced from five years to one year.
This was among some of the major decisions taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at its Annual General Meeting held in Mumbai today.
Gavaskar was among three former India captains in the previous council. Of the other two, Ravi Shastri has agreed to be on the governing council in an honorary capacity. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi too may be retained after consultations. Ex-cricketers on the council were earlier paid Rs one crore, but will now not be paid.
Other members of the new IPL governing council are Chirayu Amin as chairman, Arun Jaitley, Rajiv Shukla, Ranjib Biswal and Anurag Thakur. Farooq Abdullah is also out of this team but has been named Chairman of the marketing committee.
Minister of state for commerce Jyotiraditya Scindia has been named Chairman of the finance committee.
Shashank Manohar, who retained his post as BCCI president unopposed, announced the decisions after the AGM. BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan too has retained his post. Asked about a Supreme Court observation on Srinivasan holding various positions, Manohar said, "we are happy with the way we are."
<b>Notices to 3 franchises</b>
The BCCI has also issued show-cause notices to the new Kochi IPL franchise and to the Shilpa-Shetty-co-owned Rajasthan Royals and Priety-Zinta-co-owned Kings XI Punjab IPL for alleged irregularities.
The new Kochi franchise had been told to incorporate a company as soon as possible, Manohar said. The bid earlier this year, he said, had been given to individuals and no legal entity had been incorporated.
<b>'Modi out of BCCI'</b>
The AGM's main agenda was to make sure that suspended IPL boss Lalit Modi was removed from all BCCI and IPL posts and bodies. Manohar said, "Modi can't say he's suspended anymore. He's out of the BCCI."
All IPL deals with companies like Ticket Genie, Zoom and Viacom had been cancelled as there were "irregularities on Lalit Modi's part," the board president added.
<b>Dalmiya expulsion withdrawn</b>
In another move, the BCCI has withdrawn the 2006 expulsion of Jagmohan Dalmiya and a suit filed against in the Bombay High Court. Dalmiya has been suspended for what was termed as "anti-Board activities."
He thanked the BCCI and its members for "acting fairly" and said, "I stand vindicated. I have always been committed to the fair administration of the game of cricket."
Explaining why charges against Dalmiya were dropped, Manohar said there was little chance of the board succeeding in the civil suit and there was no point continuing to spend money on a suit that the board was not going to win.