New Delhi, May 19: Criticising the Indian Premier League, sports Minister Ajay Maken urged politicians not to involve themselves in cricket.
"Politicians should stay away from running the game of cricket." Maken told a TV channel.
When asked if his statement also stands true for his own party colleagues like IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla too, Maken said every politician should stay away from the game.
"All the politicians including my colleagues should stay away. The game should be run by the people who have knowledge about the game and those who have good managerial skills," Maken said.
"People who don’t know anything about cricket, who don't know how to hold a bat, better avoid joining cricket."
Talking about the spot-fixing scandal that hit IPL, Maken said the Indian cricket board (BCCI) should look into the main problem and suggested that BCCI should not be involved in the lucrative league to avoid "overlapping of interests".
"As I have said, the BCCI should go into the root cause of the problem. They have to handle the investigation because BCCI is recognised by the ICC to run cricket in India. It is their mandate and their duty. They are foremost responsible," Maken had said.
"Suspending five players is not enough. BCCI must come up with a long-term solution for this problem," he had added.