That the differences between Board of Control for Cricekt in India (BCCI) and Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi were going on for months is proved by a letter written by Congress Member of Parliament Rajiv Shukla.
Shukla who is also BCCI’s media and finance committee chairman, had written the letter on January 25 to the board’s president Shashank Manohar complaining about Modi's unilateral decisions in finalizing various deals.
Shukla confirmed to HT that he had written such a letter.
In his letter, Shukla had complained about Modi finalising deals between IPL and Color TV for airing the IPL awards function which was held on Friday. The function would be shown next month.
The letter also mentions the contract with UFO Movies giving it ‘India rights’ to screen IPL matches in cinemas.
“I would like to bring to the Board’s notice that deals and commercials which are related to the IPL are being finalised without taking the Governing Council into confidence,” the letter said.
It added, “…I get to know about such information through press releases. Just to give you a quote ‘The IPL Color TV Deal, UFO deal and other deals’,” Shukla mentioned in the letter.
Shukla had complained in the letter that Modi restricted the governing council to merely a ratification body.
“…It appears to me that the Governing Council body has no sanctity and is just a mere ratification body; wherein the members are not taken into account in any deal,” he added.
Shukla complained about Modi not consulting him or taking him into confidence despite he (Shukla) being IPL’s Entertainment Committee chairman.
“In spite of being the Chairman of Entertainment Committee, IPL and Finance Committee, BCCI, I was not taken into confidence about the structure of the respective deals or the money associated with it,” he said in the letter.
He concluded, “I would just like to say that an individual's decisions are unilaterally being taken rather than a collective decision.”