During a day off from his Indian Premier League (IPL) commentary duties, Ravi Shastri was flooded with congratulatory text messages from his friends on being named in a three-man panel suggested by the Indian cricket board to probe into the spot fixing controversy that rocked IPL-6.
RK Raghavan, the former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief and JN Patel, the ex-chief justice of the Calcutta High Court are other members of the panel.
“I will need to talk to the BCCI very extensively about my new responsibility. As things stand, I will return to India from Dubai on May 2 or 3, but if I am summoned (for the probe) in between, I will make my travel plans accordingly,” Shastri said from Dubai yesterday.
About whether he will have to suspend his commentary assignments, Shastri said: “I really don’t know who will ask me not to do commentary. That’s why I need to talk to the BCCI in order to make my future plans.”
mid-day provided him the names of his colleagues on the panel. “Is that so?” Shastri exclaimed when informed that.
JN Patel was the appointed Supreme Court judge of the Special Court constituted to deal with the Mumbai bomb blasts case in 1993. Shastri added: “I really don’t know what my exact role will be. I am surprised that the learned BCCI members proposed my name.”