IPL 2017 in danger, no idea whether it’s happening next year: BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke

BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke has said that the 2017 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is in danger as no one knows whether it’s happening next year or not.

During an interview to Times of India, speaking about the IPL, which is scheduled to take place in April 2017, Shirke said that the time is running out for IPL preparations and the BCCI has conveyed its concerns to the Lodha Committee.

He was quoted saying, “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.”.

On a question about the ongoing tussle between the BCCI and the Lodha Committee, Mr. Shirke said, “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.”

Replying to a question on the Supreme Court’s order which has asked BCCI not to enter into any contracts unless the Lodha Committee sets a threshold and appoints an independent auditor, the BCCI secretary said, “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.”

“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,” he added.

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