BCCI bigwigs are set to give it a miss in the wake of the spat with Lalit Modi but the inaugural Indian Premier League awards still promise to be a glitzy affair in Mumbai tonight.
The Awards Night, to honour the best-performing players in the IPL over the last month and a half, is planned to be a Bollywood-style entertainment extravaganza in which Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar are to be the co-hosts.
Invitations for the awards function have been sent to all the BCCI and IPL's Governing Council members, all the franchise owners, players and support staff, along with the owners of the two new teams –- Kochi and Pune -- which are to make their debut in the league in 2011.
But if the BCCI officials, notably President Shashank Manohar, secretary N Srinivasan and his predecessor Niranjan Shah – also the current vice chairman of its sub-committee IPL – choose to give it a short shrift, it would come as a bit of dampener.
"We can't take a roll call and find out who all would be attending it. Whoever wants would be at the function," BCCI sources told PTI yesterday but according to latest indications none of them would grace the occasion.