Embroiled in a raging row with the IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi, top BCCI functionaries, including president Shashank Manohar and secretary N Srinivasan skipped the Indian Premier League’s summit clash at the DY Patil Stadium here on Sunday.
After being closeted in the Board’s headquarters at the Wankhede Stadium premises for close to eight hours ahead of Monday’s IPL Governing Council meeting at the same venue, Manohar and Srinivasan departed along with IPL vice-chairman Niranjan Shah.
The trio had skipped the semifinals of the IPL too held on April 21 and 22.
All three are expected to grill Modi at Monday’s meet which is anticipated to be a heated one in the aftermath of the alleged financial irregularities committed in the running of the hugely popular Twenty20 event by Modi.
Incidentally Srinivasan is also the MD and vice-chairman of India Cements that owns one of the finalists — Chennai Super Kings — who clashed for the title with Mumbai Indians.
Two other Council members Chirayu Amin and Arun Jaitley also attended the meeting at the Board's office.
Two other Council members Inderjit Singh Bindra, a Modi backer and former BCCI chief who is now an advisor to the International Cricket Council, and the BCCI's Finance and Media Committee head Rajiv Shukla, who was earlier at the Board office, were seen later watching the match.
Modi to be suspended before meeting?
PTI adds from Mumbai: On a day of dramatic developments and persistent whispers, the possibility of Modi being suspended grew on Sunday.
The move was allegedly aimed at keeping him away from the GC meeting.
The embattled Commissioner, who is slated to chair the meeting, announced that he was changing his boycott decision but sought written charges for him to reply to, a move being seen making it difficult for his detractors to remove him at short notice.
However, as the final match in the IPL was in progress, indications emerged that Modi could be suspended pending enquiry into the allegations of financial wrong-doings against him either late tonight or before commencement of the meeting at 10 am tomorrow at BCCI headquarters.
A Governing Council member said that Modi's suspension was high on the cards though he could not give an indication as to when exactly it would take place.