Shukla recuses himself from IPL media rights auction

NEW DELHI: Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla has recused himself from the upcoming media rights auction of the T20 League, to be held in Mumbai on 4 September, saying he has taken the decision 'for the sake of smooth IPL auction' as he faces allegations of conflict of interest.

Shukla has intimated the BCCI top brass about his decision. The allegations state that BAG Films, owned by Shukla’s wife Anurradha Prasad has a tie-up with Star Sports, one of the potential bidders in the auction.

“Yes I have decided to recuse myself from the IPL media rights auctions and hence I will not be present in Mumbai on September 4,” Shukla is quoted as saying by PTI.

“I have heard that someone has said that he will file an application in the court about my alleged conflict of Interest despite getting a clean chit from former BCCI ombudsman Justice Retired AP Shah. I want BCCI’s auction process to go on smoothly and that’s why I have decided to stay away despite having no conflict of interest,” Shukla added.