The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed, Deepak Parekh as special advisor to Interim President, Sunil Gavaskar for the 2014 season of the Indian Premier League.
In a statement, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said, Mr Parekh will be a special invitee to the Governing Council meetings of the IPL.
"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), at the instance of Mr. Sunil Gavaskar, Interim President (BCCI-IPL), has appointed Mr. Deepak Parekh as his special advisor, for the 2014 season of the Pepsi Indian Premier League," it said.
Parekh is the chairman of Housing Development Finance Corporation, India's leading housing finance company, and is also on the boards of many Indian and international corporates. He is an avid cricket follower, and is known for his management skills.
Parekh, who has been dubbed as the unofficial crisis consultant of the Indian government, tried to revive former top IT company Satyam during its crisis days, through his role of Special Director on the Satyam Board in 2009.
He has also helped in formulating reform policies across various government sectors. In 2006, he was conferred the Padma Bhushan award for his contributions. "I am delighted that Deepak (Parekh) 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," said Gavaskar. "We are pleased to have Deepak Parekh in our team. His expertise will enable us to deliver a memorable IPL," Ranjib Biswal, Chairman, Governing Council, IPL, said.
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."