Focus as BCCI Vice President will always be to improve Indian cricket: Rajiv Shukla

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Rajeev Shukla, the newly elected vice president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said on Thursday that he will always work to keep the importance of cricket in mind. The BCCI held its 89th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday and few important decisions were made at the meeting. One of the decisions was the inclusion of two new teams for the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL). “It’s a great day for Indian cricket, we made many decisions in today’s AGM that will definitely make our country’s cricket grow. This year COVID-19 impacted everyone, but we managed to hold IPL this year and my focus as the vice president will always be to improve Indian cricket, ‘Shukla told ANI.

“We will also be holding the T20 World Cup next year, so we will work hard on every aspect of cricket,” he added.

Before Shukla was appointed vice president, Mahim Verma held the position. Shukla has also served as IPL chair in the past.

At the BCCI AGM, members also deliberated on the all-important tax issues that the board needs to address in view of the two ICC events – the 2021 T20 World Cup and the 2023 50-over World Cup.

Speaking to ANI, a board member attending the meeting said the secretary and treasurer will speak to the government and look at a way to get tax exemptions for the two showpieces India will be holding.

“We plan to host the T20 World Cup 2021 and the World Cup 50-over in 2023. We need to talk to the government to see if we can get tax exemption and for this we have decided that our Secretary Jay Shah and Treasurer Arun Dhumal will speak to the government. If the government disagrees, we will decide how to go about it. We also have the 2016 World T20 issue pending, so it will have to be worked out too, “the member said.

When asked about cricket‘s inclusion in the Olympics – the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics – the member said that while the BCCI is open to the idea, they will call the same after further discussing with the Indian Olympic Association about how the revenue will be raised. are distributed and other commercial factors.

First of all, it sounds like a really good idea and the board is open to further discussions before taking a call on the same thing. I will have to sit down with the IOA and move on from there as there are certain modalities to be discussed , ”said the member.

Regarding the domestic players, the board has decided that they should be rewarded for the season badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. “Yes, domestic players will be compensated and the compensation package will be worked out by looking at who gets what. But there is no doubt that players will not suffer from the effect the pandemic has had and it is confirmed,” the member said.

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When asked about the recent instances of conflicts of interest that have emerged, the member said that a call has been made to establish a marketing committee that will investigate these issues in order to avoid any conflict.

“It was discussed that in view of the conflict of interest clause, a marketing committee will be set up to investigate every deal signed so there is no chance of any conflict,” said the member.

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