BCCI to streamline IPL
New Delhi (IANS): BCCI interim President Jagmohan Dalmiya on Monday said there would be no late-night parties and cheerleaders in the next edition of...
New Delhi (IANS): BCCI interim President Jagmohan Dalmiya on Monday said there would be no late-night parties and cheerleaders in the next edition of Indian Premier League as part of "Operation Clean-up" to restore the reputation of the IPL and the game. Dalmiya announced the slew of steps here on Monday to clean up IPL which was rocked by spot fixing controversy in IPL-6 that concluded last month. He said there will be restriction on movement near the teams' dug-out and dressing room and the diktat would also include the team owners. This came after the suspension of Chennai Super Kings chief Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra in the IPL spot fixing scandal. There will be stricter code of conduct for the players, officials and support staff. The players are barred from accepting gifts and they will have to give their phone numbers to the BCCI before the start of the tournament. Dalmiya went on to say that anti-corruption officials at the ground and team hotel "will have to be adequate". Players will not be allowed to use phones at the ground besides adhere to the ban on use of earplugs. Talking about the conflict of interest, Dalmiya said the national selectors "should not be part of an IPL team". The players would now be now required to disclose their financial interest with other organisations to the board before the start of IPL. The teams on their part will need to share their players' payment with the BCCI. A meeting of team captains will be held before IPL begins. Besides, a programme would be held to apprise players of the consequences of corruption in the game. "Apart from these, there are many other points I need to discuss with players and team owners. The programme can be called as operation clean-up. If we are able to clean up cricket, it will be a great service to the game," said Dalmiya. He was also asked about banning IPL as it is often blamed for harming Indian cricket. "I don't agree with the notion that banning IPL is a solution for all the problems. We are committed to clean the image of the game," Dalmiya said. 12-point Operation Clean-Up Charter
- Removal of sleaze; no cheerleaders, no after-match parties for players and support staff.
- Strict code of conduct to be followed by players, support staff and franchise owners.
- Restriction of movement in players' dug-out and dressing room. The owners from now on will be restricted from entering the dug-out and dressing room during matches.
- All players and support staff of franchises need to furnish their telephone numbers with the BCCI before the start of the tournament.
- Adequate number of ACSU officials in the team hotel as well as the ground to supervise the proceedings.
- Jamming of cellphone towers at the ground during matches.
- Captains' meeting to be held in order to get more suggestions and prepare elaborate blueprint.
- No national selector will be allowed to get associated with any franchise in any capacity.
- All the players need to disclose every financial transaction they are carrying out with any particular organisation or person.
- Franchises need to furnish all details of the remunerations and contractual obligations of players and support staff.
- Players from now on will be prohibited from using ear plugs and microphones.
- Security control policy will be formulated soon.