Sundar Raman, the former Indian Premier League chief operating officer, will head the sports arm of Reliance Industries, it was announced on Monday (November 15).
Raman, who resigned from his position in the IPL earlier this month after questions were raised about his role in the IPL corruption scandal, has a background in sports management and marketing. Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance has business interests in several sports, including in cricket with the Mumbai Indians franchise.
“He (Raman) 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 Reliance in a statement.
Raman had found himself under a cloud after the Justice Mudgal committee, investigating spot fixing and corruption in the IPL, found he had been in contact with a bookie and had received information about betting but failed to take action. The Justice Lodha panel, too, made some sharp observations about Raman in July, saying it would “examine the role of Mr Sundar Raman with or without further investigation, into his activities, and if found guilty, impose a suitable punishment upon him on behalf of BCCI”. The report from the Lodha committee pertaining to him is expected in December.
Raman was appointed IPL COO in January 2008, when Lalit Modi headed the league