Mallya calls for transparency and inclusive approach in IPL

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New Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) Royal Challengers Bangalore ownerVijay Mallya today backed Mumbai Indians in its fight againstthe alleged rigging of the IPL 4 auction and called for more"transparency" and "inclusive approach" in the administrationof the Indian Premier League.

The Mumbai Indians had shot a letter to the IPL governingcouncil, asking why the auction was changed from "selection ofsets at random" to pre-decided "order of auction list" for theJanuary 8-9 players auction.

"I agree with the Mumbai Indians letter that there got tobe more transparency and more inclusive approach werefranchises, who are the principal stakeholders in the IPL,should be taken into confidence and consulted on policymatters," Mallya told Timesnow.

"The Mumbai Indians questioned the process on which theplayers were categorised into various groups in the auctionand I agree with that," he added.

The liquor-baron said he hoped in the future the IPL

"I look forward to clarification from the IPL or responseto Mumbai Indians letter. I have further gone on records tosay that I wish there would be an inclusive process, where thefranchise, the principal stakeholders, would also be given agreater consultative role in the entire IPL administrationprocess," he said.

Nikhil Meswani, executive director of RelianceIndustries, had written a letter to the IPL Governing Council,saying there was "no justification" for the last-minute changeof auction rules.

The IPL franchises were informed about the last minutechange by the Governing Council Jan 7, just a day before theauction.

Suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modialso questioned the last-minute changes made to the January8-9 players'' auction in Bangalore on Friday.

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