Board of Cricket Control of India’s Committee of Administrators headed by former CAG Vinod Rai, has restricted top three BCCI officials CK Khanna, Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Chaudhary from attending IPL Player Auction 2017 to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Bengaluru on Monday morning. The statement released on BCCI’s behalf says any individual who claims to be an ex-officio member of the board won’t be allowed to take part in the event.
“Mr C. K. Khanna, Mr Amitabh Choudhary, Mr Anirudh Chaudhry and any other persons who claim to be ex-officio members of the IPL GC on account of being office bearers of the BCCI shall not be entitled to attend the IPL Player Auctions since the issue regarding validity of the undertakings filed by such persons pursuant to the order dated 2nd January 2017 is still pending before the Hon’ble Supreme Court,” the CoA said in a statement.
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However, the Committee made it clear that officials who accept the reforms of Supreme Court will be eligible to attend the auction. “In respect of other members of the IPL GC, only those persons who are not disqualified in terms of the strict understanding/interpretation of the disqualifications in terms of the various orders issued by the Hon’ble Supreme Court may attend the IPL Player Auctions,” the committee stated.
352 cricketers from all across the globe will be competing for just 76 spots in a highly strategised auction and the teams will look to get the best possible combination to lift the trophy. The auction will begin at 9 AM in the morning and will go on until evening with a lunch break.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes is certainly the hottest property in this year’s auction with a base price of Rs. 2 crores. Along with him, Angelo Mathews, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan, Ishant Sharma, Mitchell Johnson and Pat Cummins have also marked themselves with the maximum base price.