W DELHI: IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore has written to the Indian cricket board (BCCI), intimating them about Vijay Mallya’s resignation from the post of Director of Royal Challengers Sports Private Limited (RCSPL).
The new chairman of Royal Challenger Bangalore is Amrit Thomas, President and Chief Marketing Officer of United Spirits.
According to reliable sources, the top BCCI officials in the IPL governing council received an e-mail on March 7 from franchise official Russell Adams, informing the board about the current ownership status in the franchise. It was five days after the troubled business tycoon left India for United Kingdom.
“Yes, we received an e-mail communication from Russell Adams, who will now be the man in-charge of the RCB team. The e-mail stated that Dr Vijay Mallya has resigned from his post as Director of RCSPL and will only be an Honorary Chief Mentor till his son Siddhartha is in the Board of Directors,” a senior BCCI official, in the know of things said on Thursday.
The letter stated that Siddhartha Mallya will be present in the Board of Directors “in a limited role should the members wish to consult him”.
Adams, who is a Vice-President (Commercial Operations and Cricket Academy at RCB), also made it clear that there will be “no change in ownership pattern” due to Mallya’s resignation.
Adams will be the point of contact for the BCCI reharding franchise related matters.
The BCCI official said that clarity on ownership was required after Mallya’s resignation.
“BCCI has some strict rules and regulations in place regarding franchise ownership changing hands. The owners need to intimate BCCI beforehand whether there is partial or complete transfer of stake. As of now they have made it clear there is no change in ownership pattern in RCSPL which is a subsidiary of United Spirits, which is controlled by Diageo,” the official said.
Mallya, who has defaulted in loans in excess of Rs 9000 crore, is facing probe by various investigative agencies.