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No problem with holding next IPL; BCCI’s interest has to be protected: Rajiv Shukla

The popular but troubled Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place next year notwithstanding the suspension of CSK and RR but the Champions League was on Wednesday scrapped for lack of fan interest.

“You should rest assured that IPL 9 will take place and there would not be any problem as far as BCCI is concerned,” IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla told reporters after a meeting with BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya. Shukla did not elaborate on the format of the tournament after the suspension of the two teams which will take the number of teams in the League to six.

He said BCCI is likely to form a panel which would deliberate upon the way forward.

“After the verdict of the Justice Lodha Commission we are in the process of consultation. I had a meeting with president Jagmohan Dalmiya and I’m in talks with the secretary Mr Thakur also. We will analyse and study the entire report at the Governing Council on July 19 and there it may be decided to form a group to study the report and how it can be implemented.

“We will discuss all the options in the GC so please wait. Let’s first study and analyse the report. The President has made it very clear that we respect the judicial verdict so the process of implementation is on,” Shukla said.
Meanwhile, the Governing Council of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) today decided to discontinue the tournament with immediate effect.

“The Governing Council of the CLT20, comprising representatives of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Cricket Australia (CA) made the decision unanimously,” a media release said.
“As such the 2015 CLT20 scheduled for September and October will not go ahead as planned,” said the release.

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