Chandigarh:A day after being excluded from the Indian Premier League Governing Council, Sunil Gavaskar was re-approached by the Indian Cricket Board to once again become a part of the IPL panel but the former India captain declined the offer.
"I have been contacted and I have declined that because after yesterday (Wednesday) I had second thoughts because the IPL is a total commercial enterprise and non BCCI members, former cricketers included should be remunerated for their expertise, experience and time that they bring to the table," Gavaskar said. (Read:Major IPL shakedown)
Gavaskar also said he will always be ready to offer his services to Indian Cricket. "Some may think it is a turn around but let me tell you for India Cricket I am always there, but IPL is a commercial enterprise," he said. (Read:Never asked for money to be on IPL panel: Gavaskar)
In a major shakeup in Indian cricket after Lalit Modi, the IPL underwent drastic changes in the BCCI Annual General Meeting on Wednesday. The members in the Governing Council halved, but the biggest omission was Gavaskar.
He 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.