BCCI did not heed Shukla’s warning in January

April 24th, 2010 - 3:06 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, Apr 24 (ANI): Board of Cricket Control in India’s (BCCI) Media and Finance Committee Chairman, Rajiv Shukla has questioned the manner in which Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi was taking decisions and sealing deals.

Shukla questioned Modi’s role in January and had written a letter to BCCI president Shashank Manohar on the matter.

The letter clearly indicates that Modi’s style of functioning had not gone down well with BCCI officials and IPL Governing Council members.

In the letter, Shukla had expressed concern over Modi’s functioning and how things related to IPL were being finalised without taking the Governing Council into confidence.

On Saturday, Shukla’s letter was leaked to a section of the media.

“I would like to bring to the Board’s notice that deals and commercials which are related to the IPL are being finalised without taking the Governing Council into confidence…I get to know about such information through press releases. Just to give you a quote ‘The IPL Color TV Deal, UFO deal and other deals,” Shukla stated.

“…It appears to me that the Governing Council body has no sanctity and is just a mere ratification body; wherein the members are not taken into account in any deal,” he added.

Shulka’s letter contradicts Modi’s claim that the IPL Governing Council was privy to all decisions taken by him.

Shukla also expressed shock over not taking him into confidence while the deals were being sealed.

“In spite of being the Chairman of Entertainment Committee, IPL and Finance Committee, BCCI, I was not taken into confidence about the structure of the respective deals or the money associated with it,” he stated.

“I would just like to say that an individual’s decisions are unilaterally being taken rather than a collective decision,” Shukla added.

Modi has been sent feelers to step down voluntarily from the post of IPL, chairman to tide over the crisis but in case he refuses to do so, the BCCI may be forced to pass a resolution and oust him during the Monday meeting of the IPL Governing Council. (ANI)

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