KOLKATA: Following the major drama on cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing verdict, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla on Thursday has denied taking any responsibility for the IPL scandal which led to the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years and life time ban for Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan. Shukla in his claims mentioned that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not responsible for the mess.

On being quizzed about these two teams and future of the IPL, Shukla said, “We are always concerned about IPL and let me assure you the next edition will be a bigger success. IPL is a robust product and this judgement (suspension of teams) should not affect IPL as a product. The idea is to have the tournament in full format with a minimum of eight teams. We can’t hold the event with six teams.”

The Chairman further added that there are several options available for the IPL and he shall discuss few things at the meeting that is scheduled for Sunday with the Governing Council in Mumbai.

“There are many options available and we will discuss them all in the meeting on Sunday. One option is that BCCI runs the two teams and responsible people will be deputed for the job,” he said.

“There is no question of any conflict of interest. BCCI is anyway supervising the IPL. There are two main areas: one is players’ auction which is transparent and the other is managing teams. Credible people can be deputed to do the managing job,” Shukla reverted on being quizzed about possible conflict of interest oif BCCI takes a call on taking control of CSK and RR.

The Supreme Court appointed Justice RS Lodha Committee on Tuesday suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years and banned Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan from any cricketing activities for bringing the game to disgrace on account of their betting activities during the 2013 season.

(With Agency Inputs)