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Rajeev Shukla to remain IPL Governing Council chairman

MUMBAI: Rajeev Shukla will continue as the chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council, cricket’s richest body the BCCI has decided.

The extension has been ratified by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

Rajeev ShuklaThe CoA chief Vinod Rai has approved another extension for Shukla. “Mr Shukla is not disqualified as per Supreme Court order. Also the earlier governing council exists. It was Mr Shukla who chaired the meeting,” Rai said.

Meanwhile, the CoA revised the method for allocation of IPL funds in order to release payments to various state associations before they host their respective IPL matches.

As per the original guidelines, every association was allocated Rs 60 lakh to hold each IPL game. Out of that amount, Rs 30 lakh was released by the IPL franchise before the start of the tournament, with BCCI paying the rest two weeks after the tournament ended.

However, after discussing with numerous state associations, CoA has agreed that the ‘BCCI’s share’ will be allocated before the commencement of the IPL season.

“We will get the entire amount before the first match at each centre. The CoA was very receptive to our suggestions and said that from this edition the Rs 30 lakh per match that BCCI disburses for staging associations, it will be paid before the first match,” president of a state unit told PTI.