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    BCCI plan to dissolve IPL GC

    The Governing Council is to be reconstituted after a special constitutional amendment. The decision will be ratified on Sept 29.

    New Delhi: One of the three former India captains, who were part of the IPL governing council, will be axed when it is reconstituted, BCCI sources said on Wednesday.

    The Board is planning to dissolve the IPL governing council and the new one will have a year-long term. The new governing council will also have 12 members instead of the current 14.

    The move is seen as cutting down the vast powers enjoyed previously by the Indian Premier League.

    The BCCI is all set to make this important change at its AGM on September 29 in the wake of the scandal which engulfed the now suspended Lalit Modi-led IPL, a sub-committee of the Board, and bring it on par with its other sub-committees.

    "It needs a constitutional change and can be done at the AGM. The idea is to bring down the IPL Governing Council's tenure to one year, on par with the other sub-committees of the Board," said a source.

    The reconstituted IPL GC will also have only two former cricketers and not three, as it is at present, and will have a Chairman, five other members plus all the office bearers of the BCCI in it, the source said.

    Former India captains MAK Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri are currently members of the IPL governing council.

    Board President Shashank Manohar, after the suspension of Modi, admitted at a press conference that in hindsight it could be said too much power vested on one man (Modi) was a "mistake" committed by the Board.

    Earlier, the BCCI had decided to deal directly with their counterparts in other countries to get the green signals for the participation of the foreign cricketers who would be bought at the next Indian Premier League auction in November.

    "The BCCI will directly deal with the respective parent boards of foreign players bought at the auction by the various franchises for getting their NOCs (no-objection certificates). No players' agents would be allowed to get into the picture," said BCCI sources.

    In the past too the foreign players were allowed to play in the Twenty20 League only after getting the NOCs from their respective home boards, but the BCCI had left it to the players and their agents to undertake this onerous task.

    The sources, however, did not confirm the reports that 10 per cent of the player fees would be paid to the foreign boards for allowing them to figure in the IPL.

    "It has been decided that the President (Shashank Manohar) and Secretary (N Srinivasan) would talk to the respective foreign players' boards and get the necessary NOCs," they said.

    It has also been decided that all player contracts will now be managed by the BCCI and will be signed by the Indian board along with the franchisees as well as the players.

    A new player registration and contract management process will be detailed soon and no player contracts can be signed until then, BCCI Secretary Srinivasan had said in a release after the IPL Governing Council meeting on Sunday.

    With inputs from PTI