Ex-IPL COO Sundar Raman joins Reliance Industries


Former IPL COO Sundar Raman is joining Reliance as its CEO-Sports, the Reliance Industries Limited announced in a statement on Monday.

“He will be responsible for consolidation and integration of RIL’s sports portfolio including its Foundation activities in Sports. In addition to the existing sports properties of RIL, Sundar will be driving newer avenues of growth in this area and also at integration with our digital services of Jio,” said the statement.

Raman is under the scanner for his role in the 2013 IPL betting-fixing scandal. He is being probed by the Supreme Court-appointed RM Lodha Committee, before which he appeared on Saturday and was grilled for about two hours.

Earlier, the the Supreme Court-appointed Mukul Mudgal Committee had also probed him for the same reason.

After taking over as BCCI president, Shashank Manohar told Raman to go.

Raman, who was involved in the IPL since its first edition in 2008 and his tenure lasted about seven years, submitted his resignation to Manohar in his home city Nagpur on November 3.

Raman, who was very close to former BCCI president N. Srinivasan, was hired by former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.

After Modi was sacked by Manohar-Srinivasan in April 2010, for being allegedly involved in financial irregularities, Raman is said to have become close to Srinivasan. He enjoyed Srinivasan’s trust and, many people say, that was the reason he weathered all the storms over the years, despite being abrasive.