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IPL COO Sundar Raman quits

MUMBAI: Sundar Raman’s eight-year stint as Indian Premier League (IPL) chief operating officer (COO) has come to an abrupt end. He has put in his papers following a change of guard at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Shashank Manohar has taken charge as as the BCCI president.

Raman has been under fire over spot-fixing scandal ever since the Justice Mukul Mudgal report stated that he was ‘in touch with a contact of a bookmaker eight times during the last IPL season’. In fact, the Mudgal Committee had also suggested that Raman’s role should be further investigated.

Sundar Raman“Yes, Sundar Raman has resigned. I can confirm that,” BCCI chief administrative officer (CAO) Ratnakar Shetty told PTI on Tuesday.

The PTI report further stated that Manohar had asked Raman to put in his papers by 31 October. Raman had met Manohar in Nagpur on Monday and submitted his resignation.

Meanwhile, Justice Mukul Mudgal has welcomed Raman’s resignation. “There were allegations that incidents of betting were reported to him but action was not taken. That has been put in our report that we submitted to the court,” Justice Mudgal said.

“The Supreme Court observed that further investigation of his role should take place. He should have resigned when the Supreme Court ordered investigation. These are personal decisions and one can’t impose one’s moral standards on the other. But better late than never,” he added.

Raman, who was earlier associated with media agency GroupM, was handpicked by former IPL chairman Lalit Modi to manage the operations of the then fledgling league. He was part of Modi’s launch team that built IPL into a major sports property.

Even after Modi’s unceremonious exit when many of his chosen people were shown the door by Manohar-Srinivasan duo, Raman managed to cling on to his position. He was the BCCI’s go-to man for driving two of its key properties, IPL and CL T20, which was recently scrapped.