Former Indian Premier League chief operating officer (COO), Sundar Raman will serve as a consultant for Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming 14th edition of the Indian Premier League.
Sundar Raman is a consultant and had also held the position of CEO-Sports with Reliance Industries, which owns IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. Raman was the COO of the IPL from 2008 to 2015 and had to step down in wake of the spot-fixing controversy.
For the Chennai Super Kings, he will look after the commercial and marketing strategies in the IPL 2021. The Madurai-born sports business professional is assumed to be in close touch with India Cements managing director, N Srinivasan.
He worked with Srinivasan when the latter was the Chairman of the International Cricket Council and President of the BCCI. According to PTI, an official announcement will soon be made about Raman’s appointment.
“Yes, Sundar Raman will come in as a consultant and will handle the commercial and marketing strategies of Chennai Super Kings,” the sources said.
BCCI announces schedule for IPL 2021, all matches to be played in neutral venues
On Sunday, the BCCI announced the much-anticipated schedule of the IPL 2021. The tournament returns to India after being played in the UAE last year – the cities of Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata will host all the matches.
However, no team will play any game at its home ground – since Punjab, Hyderabad, and Rajasthan do not get to host any game, all matches will be played at neutral venues. This will mean that the franchises will have to rejig their plans according to which they brought payers in the auction.
Defending champions, Mumbai Indians will begin their title defence against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on April 9th. The playoffs and the final on 30th May will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
“Each team is set to play at four venues during the league stage. Out of the 56 league matches, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata & Bengaluru will host 10 matches each while Ahmedabad and Delhi will host 8 matches each.
“One of the highlights of this edition of the VIVO IPL will be the fact that all matches will be played at neutral venues, no team will play at their home venue. All teams will play at 4 out of 6 venues during the league stage,” said the release by the BCCI.