Indian Premier League Chairman Rajiv Shukla on Thursday refused to take responsibility for the IPL betting scandal which led to a two-year ban on Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, and claimed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not responsible for the mess.
In an exclusive interview to to CNN-IBN, Shukla said: "The report is not a black-spot on BCCI and we are cooperating with the Lodha Commission. BCCI is arranging for all the meetings and we didn't oppose Lodha verdict."
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RS Lodha Committee suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years and banned a team official of the former and a co-owner of the latter for life from any cricketing activities for bringing the game to disrepute on account of their betting activities during the 2013 season.
When asked about ICC President N Srinivasan, Shukla said there is no mention about the former BCCI chief in the report.
"The Lodha Commission report has not named Srinivasan. We will follow the Lodha Commission report and take the steps accordingly," he added.
However, Shukla did not elaborate on the format of the tournament after the suspension of the two teams but said that surely it won't be played with just six teams.
"IPL 9 will be organised in a bigger way than IPL 8. Surely, ninth season cannot be played with just six [teams] - it has to be more than that. We (BCCI) are considering several proposals that have come before us and will take a final call at the BCCI meet on 19th July in Mumbai," he told CNN-IBN.
"I had a meeting with president Jagmohan Dalmiya about all the issues but I cannot reveal the details. Fighting corruption in cricket is top priority for the BCCI. We have not forgiven our players in the past who were found guilty, we will not forgive the players in the future who are found guilty," he concluded.
The officials have already started informal discussion on the way forward before the IPL Governing Council meets for an emergency session in Mumbai on Sunday.
The BCCI is keen to ensure that the cash-rich league remains an eight-team tournament as its contract with the broadcasters, Multi Screen Media, envisages a 60-match schedule.