In the eye of a storm for his dubious role, Sundar Raman has finally, after much denial, tendered his resignation as Indian Premier League’s Chief Operating Officer, amidst investigation into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. The BCCI was prompt to act and his resignation has been accepted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The resignation is seen as an attempt to clean up the BCCI, by president Shashank Manohar.
BCCI president Shashank Manohar had earlier came down hard on the BCCI’s decision to retain Raman, post the 2013 IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.
“Raman should have gone immediately after the Mudgal Committee report found him prima facie guilty of wrongdoings. He 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 said.
Raman, till now, was defiant, and refused to quit his post, after having been accused of several wrongdoings in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, involving links with bookies. He will leave the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on November 5.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had appointed CBI superintendent of police Vivek Priyadarshi, to head the investigating team that is assisting former chief justice RM Lodha in determining the role of BCCI official Raman in the 2013 IPL betting and spot fixing scam.
In a hard hitting verdict and putting the BCCI on the dock, the three-member Supreme Court appointed committee found Chennai Super Kings (CSK) official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals (RR) co-owner Raj Kundra guilty, and imposed life suspensions on the duo in July.