Vengsarkar offered IPL top job: Reports

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: The Chairman of national selection committee Dilip Balawant Vengsarkar likely to take up a high-profile job with the Indian Premier League (IPL), once he completes his stint with the selection committee by the end of September this year.

Vengsarkar has reportedly been offered the post of Director of Cricket Operations with the cash-rich DLF IPL.

However, the former India captain has refused to confirm or deny it. ''I do not want to comment on it. Kindly ignore it,'' he told reporters, when asked for his reaction to a report which claimed he has been offered Rs one crore for the job.

IPL CEO Sunder Raman was unavailable for comment. However, inner sources in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Vengsarkar has been offered a contract with a rider that he should not associate himself with any league that does not have the sanction of the BCCI.

''The contract names him as a consultant and he will be a member of the IPL's Governing Council (headed by IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi). He will also be overall in-charge of cricket operations for IPL,'' sources said.

If Vengsarkar accepts the offer, 'The Colonel' will continue to be associated with the BCCI, with whom he was at loggerheads on some issues including the one on his syndicate columns

The BCCI had directed Vengsarkar to stop writing his column, as it felt that there's a conflict of interest there, and the former India skipper had to swallow the humiliation in the 'larger interest of Indian cricket'.


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