IPL top officer resigns after board ultimatum

When Shashank Manohar took over as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, he had one thing at the top of his mind — to get rid of controversial Sundar Raman as IPL’s chief operating officer (COO).


According to sources, at the October 18 BCCI working committee meeting in Mumbai Manohar gave Raman the ultimatum — “either quit or face sacking during the Board’s Annual General Meeting on November 9”.

Knowing well that he (Raman) had time till November 9 to act, Raman tendered his resignation to Manohar on Monday night at the latter’s Nagpur residence. The BCCI promptly accepted it.

Raman, in his resignation letter, thanked the BCCI for giving him a chance to work with it and with IPL. He has offered his services whenever required by the Board. He will demit office soon.

dna has learnt that though Raman resigned on Monday, Manohar had already put Raman on notice after resuming the top job. Raman is scheduled to appear before the Justice RM Lodha Committee on November 15.

A part of the IPL since its inception, Raman ran into trouble after his alleged role in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scam. Manohar had been openly asking for Raman’s ouster when the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee found the IPL COO “prima facie guilty of wrongdoings” while investigating the scam.

“Raman ought to have stepped down immediately at that time. Now, to restore the faith of people in IPL and the game, Raman needs to go,” Manohar had said in July.

Raman was named as Individual No. 12 in the Justice Mudgal report, which said he “knew a contact of a bookie and had contacted him eight times in one season”. Raman had also admitted before the Supreme Court that he knew a contact of the bookie but was not aware of his connection with betting activities.

The apex court has asked the Justice Lodha Committee to examine Raman’s role and, if found guilty, recommend suitable punishment on behalf of the BCCI. The Lodha panel is scheduled to submit its report before the year-end after completely investigating Raman’s role in IPL spot-fixing.

Meanwhile, justice Mudgal has welcomed Raman’s resignation. “There were allegations that incidents of betting were reported to him but action was not taken. That has been put in our report that we submitted to the court,” justice Mudgal said.

“The Hon’ble Supreme Court observed that further investigation of his role should take place. He should have resigned when the Supreme Court ordered investigation. These are personal decisions and one can’t impose one’s moral standards on the other. But better late than never.”