Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi has backed Sunil Gavaskar in his feud with the BCCI over alleged non-payment of dues promised to him, saying the former opener was promised Rs 4 crore per annum.Gavaskar had lashed out at the board two days ago after his demand of USD one million (Rs 5 crore) per IPL season, which he claimed was due to him for media and governing council related activities involving the IPL, was turned down by the BCCI.”A lot is being said in the news about Sunny. I just want to clarify – yes Sunny was promised the four crores a year by the BCCI for IPL,” Modi wrote on Twitter.”Yes its due to him for the years he served on the IPL Governing Council. We used his name and credibility when setting up the IPL.”Getting Sunny on board was done with the help of Mr (Sharad) Pawar – the then president of BCCI. He had negotiated the amount and I as chairman agreed,” he added.Modi, who is facing charges of financial irregularities in the IPL and is staying overseas, said Gavaskar’s role was critical for the success of IPL and to counter competition from the rival Indian Cricket League (ICL), which had got on board legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev.”When we launched IPL, ICL was headed by Kapil Dev and we needed all the more reason to have Sunny on our side. Because of Kapil’s stature ICL was snapping all the players. So it was important to counter that by bringing in Sunny. ICL was on a roll…,” he said.advertisement”ICL made the task more difficult so we had to launch a better and more superior offering to players and fans alike.Credibility was key then. IPL since has made history and will earn BCCI billions of dollars in the coming years. People like Sunny should be rewarded not crucified,” he added.Modi also took a dig at BCCI president N Srinivasan over the scrapping of the deal with broadcast rights holder Nimbus for defaulting on payments.”First Zee as Treasurer, then Kochi as secretary and now Nimbus. Resulting in thousands of crores loss…what happened to all the transparency,” he asked.
By Kushan Sarkar Kolkata, Jan 16 (PTI) The difference in opinion among BCCI top brass once again came to the fore as acting president CK Khanna, treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry and senior member Rajiv Shukla were apparently not kept in the loop over the scheduling of the historic Test against Afghanistan. BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary and CEO Rahul Johri today announced that Bengaluru will host the memorable Test between India and Afghanistan from June 14-18. It will be Afghanistans first-ever five-day match. The normal convention as per BCCI constitution is that any decision with regards to venue and date of international matches is taken by tours and fixtures sub committee. President, secretary and treasurer are ex officio members of that committee while Shukla, a senior Congressman is also a part of that panel. “Yes, neither secretary nor treasurer was kept in the loop about the decision as one needs to call a sub committee meeting as per protocol. The decision to play Afghanistan was taken at general body forum (SGM in December) and now the members were bypassed when date and venue is announced,” a senior office bearer told PTI today. While Shukla was unavailable for comment, it can be confirmed that even he was not in the know of things. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was unavailable for comment but an official close to secretary Choudhary said that as of now there is no requirement of taking any permission from the tours and fixtures committee. “The secretary has been entrusted with the powers of taking a decision on all ICC matters,” an official close to a ruling faction said. However, the aggrieved members believe that Supreme Court, when it gave its views on ICC matters, meant that it was pertaining to world governing council meetings and not international fixtures. The India-Afghanistan Test will be a historic first for the war-ravaged nation where cricket has become the most popular sport. Their leg spinner Rashid Khan Armaan is a sought after player across T20 leagues and their junior team recently beat Pakistan in the U-19 World Cup opener. PTI KHS BS BSadvertisement