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Sourav Ganguly on Shahrukh Khan Ban and Other IPL Controversies

IPL 5 is becoming series of conterversies , starting with spot-fixing allegations. Shah Rukh’s ban and Luke Pomersbach’s molestation episode only gave the wrong headlines to the tournament.

“BCCI has run cricket far better than others. People may criticise BCCI, but they have to give credit to the body for managing Indian cricket really well,” Ganguly told an Indian news channel on Tuesday.

When asked about the spot-fixing claims in IPL, Ganguly said, “Every format of the game is susceptible to such things. It depends on the individual players. I don’t think franchise will ever allow such things.”

Ganguly also rubbished role of black money in IPL. “I have been involved in dealings during players’ selection. No franchisee will pay you over and above the contracted amount.”

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On Five Year Ban of Srk by the MCA he said  “It was a minor issue.”Dada said “ I will give advice to Shahrukh to lie low down for few days” because his emotion has no place.”It’s difficult to ban SRK who is an IPL team owner. I don’t know what happened, but such fights happen in life. At the end, banning SRK from Wankhede Stadium is as futile as banning Sachin Tendulkar from Mehboob Studios,” he added.

Asked if BCCI should come under RTI as demanded by sports minister Ajay Maken, Ganguly said: “BCCI is a private body. But it runs cricket better than others sports bodies like hockey etc.”

“BCCI is not stupid, they work with a lot of transparency and I don’t think it is the responsibility of BCCI to let people know how they run the sport.”

Asked about Ravindra Jadeja emerging as the highest paid cricketer ahead of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, Ganguly explained, “IPL is a perfect example of demand and supply. It depends on a player’s availability. IPL payments are not as per the standard of the player. Michael Hussey is paid far less than many others.”

Ganguly also didn’t rule out being available as a player for the next season even though team promoter Sahara had announced he would be mentor.

“I feel I can still play and contribute,” said Ganguly, whose team Pune Warriors ended at the bottom of the heap in the ongoing IPL.

Asked if he would continue to play domestic cricket, Ganguly said: It depends on the way forward. If I have to play IPL, I will continue to play domestic cricket.”
When we asked him about Mohnish Mishra who was shown in the TV sting operation claiming to have received much more money than the officially contracted amount.

“I think Mohnish spoke out of proportion. I don’t think his intentions were bad. Most of these players shown in the video also hardly played in the IPL,” he said.
Well Dada has been supporting captain and a good human being.

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