IPL takes step to allow Shah Rukh’s presence in dug-out

May 20th, 2008 - 12:20 am ICT by admin  

Mumbai, May 19 (IANS) A day after Kolkata Knight Riders’ owner Shah Rukh Khan made public his displeasure at not being allowed to sit in the team dug-out, Indian Premier League (IPL) authorities issued fresh guidelines allowing a franchise owner in the team dug-out during the Twenty20 matches. IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi said Monday that the organisers would issue an all-area accreditation card to one franchisee member each of the eight teams following the removal of Shah Rukh from the dug-out by the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) officials of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Sunday.

Modi defended the ACSU officials’ action in asking Shah Rukh to leave the team dug-out during the IPL tie against Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens, but said that suitable measures have been taken so that such incidents are not repeated.

“There have been reports in the media about denial to a team owner access to the dug-out and dressing room. The IPL is conducted as per the rules and regulations of the ICC, whose ACSU officials were just doing the job entrusted (to them),” Modi said.

“They go strictly by the colour code. A red badge issued by the ACSU, on approval of the team manager, will help the person holding it access to all areas,” he said.

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