Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Shukla was appointed as the chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday.
Shukla, who replaced Ranjib Biswal as the chairman of IPL, had resigned from the post after the 2013 spot-fixing scandal broke out. Shukla was the IPL chairman before Biswal took over in 2013.Former India captains Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri were also included in the IPL governing council.
“Shukla’s name was doing the rounds for the last few days. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly had the backing of BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, while former BCCI chief N Srinivasan was behind Biswal while the Sharad Pawar faction was solidly behind Ajay Shirke.But with no solution in sight, BCCI picked Shukla as a consensus candidate.
Earlier, Shukla was in line for a top BCCI post, but he had lost the BCCI elections for the treasurer’s post to Anirudh Chaudhary. He will hold the postfor the next two years.