The IPL working group including IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary met to discuss the fate of the suspended teams — Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals — and to chalk out a plan for the ninth edition of the IPL. The working group met representatives of Kolkata Knight Riders, CEO Venky Mysore and co-owner Jay Mehta.
However, controversial IPL COO Sunder Raman was also part of the session. Raman, whose role is being scrutinised by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee, attended the meeting to provide some data and information, according to a source.
Sourav Ganguly, an IPL governing council member, and BCCI’s legal adviser UN Banerjee were not present while former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble joined through a video conference in his personal capacity.
“It was just a brainstorming session,” said Mysore.
“As we are talking to all franchises, we met KKR today. We can’t divulge the details of the meeting but ideas were exchanged,” Shukla said.
On Kumble’s participation, Shukla said, “Anil Kumble was present in personal capacity as a player and not as a Mumbai Indians representative. We wanted a few ideas from Anil.”
The working group had earlier allotted six weeks to arrive at a conclusion on how to run the IPL following the suspension of the two teams.
Thakur was positive that the working group would be able to fulfil its objective within the deadline. “As we have been allotted six weeks, we have lined up a lot of meetings over the next few days. Hopefully, we might complete our work before six weeks,” Thakur said.
The BCCI working group is likely to call four franchises, when it meets in Mumbai on August 8.