Giving a new twist to his payment row with the BCCI, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar today said it was former BCCI President Sharad Pawar who promised "extra payment" to him for his services as an IPL Governing Council member.
Gavaskar had yesterday hit out at the Cricket Board for not paying him for his role in the IPL Governing Council, a claim which was promptly refuted by the BCCI.
In a fresh revelations, Gavaskar said he is now waiting for Pawar to meet current BCCI head Shashank Manohar to work out the matter.
"I am now waiting for Mr Sharad Pawar, the then President of BCCI, to arrange a meeting with the current President of BCCI to help untangle and resolve this 'demanding' matter, since it was he who made the offer for the extra payment over and above the original amount given to the former players on the Governing Council and on whose word I agreed to come on board the Governing Council," Gavaskar said in a statement.
Gavaskar has found support from suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi, who said the former India captain had always been forthright in his dealings and never known to be a liar.
"A lot has been said about Sunny. All I can tell you is that in all my dealings with Sunny, I've never known him to be a liar or anything. Sunny has been forthright. I'm sure they'll sort it out," Modi said in London.
Gavaskar, who was controversially omitted from the IPL's Governing Council in September this year, claimed he had not been paid for the last three years but Board secretary N Srinivasan rubbished it, saying it was not factually correct.