New Delhi, Apr 11 UNI | 3 months ago

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today appointed Deepak Parekh as interim President (BCCI-IPL) Sunil Gavaskar's special advisor, for the 2014 season of the Indian Premier League.

Parekh, the chairman of Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) will be a special invitee to the Governing Council meetings of the IPL.

"I am delighted that Deepak has accepted my invitation to come on board as a special advisor and special invitee to the Indian Premier League Governing Council. It is apt that an individual of the calibre of Parekh will be joining the BCCI-IPL's leadership group. With a diverse combination of skills and experience, this appointment will result in a well-rounded senior management team at the IPL one that will set the direction for a better and bigger league," Gavaskar said in a statement.

"We are pleased to have Mr. Deepak Parekh in our team. His expertise will enable us to deliver a memorable IPL," Ranjib Biswal, Chairman, Governing Council, IPL, said.

Parekh has been dubbed as the unofficial crisis consultant of the Government. His role as Special Director on the Satyam Board in 2009, to revive the company and restore the confidence in the Indian IT industry, was greatly acknowledged.

Parekh has always been willing to share his ideas and experience to formulate reform policies across sectors. This, at times, has also meant advising the Government to take hard decisions. It is this quality of being a trouble-shooter that has made him a guiding force and an active member of various high-powered Economic Groups, Government-appointed Advisory Committees and Task Forces.

Parekh was honoured him with several awards. including the Padma Bhushan in 2006 and the Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour, one of the highest distinctions conferred by the French Republic, in 2010.

Accepting his appointment, Parekh said, "I am excited to be invited to be a part of the IPL. I look forward to fulfilling this challenging new role on the IPL's senior leadership team as an advisor to Gavaskar, as we look to strengthen the Indian Premier League."

(Posted on 11-04-2014)