If Indian cricket board (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar and secretary N Srinivasan refuse to step away from the body of decision-makers that will decide suspended Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi's fate, then the battle for control of the world's most powerful cricket board will shift from the boardroom to the courtroom.
"The suspended IPL chairman will have no choice but to move court if the BCCI brass turns down his recusal plea (Modi's letter asking Manohar and Srinivasan to remove themselves from the process was published in Hindustan Times on Wednesday)," a Modi aide told HT on Wednesday.
Modi's legal counsel Mehmood Abdi, though, was diplomatic.
"Let them decide and then we will come to it, but I think good sense will prevail and the fairness on the part of BCCI will be upheld," said Abdi.
In his letter sent to Manohar, Modi had also asked the BCCI to appoint an independent committee to look into his reply. Abdi said recusal is a common practice.
It was learnt Modi, in his reply to his first show cause notice, given on May 15, had reserved his right to recuse. He was apparently waiting for Manohar to act on his own, but since the BCCI president "failed" to do so, Modi asked for it separately. No BCCI official responded to requests for a reaction by phone or text.
Abdi, though, said a fair trial is the only demand.