Former BCCI President Sharad Pawar has questioned the Cricket Board on its decision to “unilaterally” terminate IMG’s services in future IPLs and warned that it would invite a long-drawn legal war as well as harm their public image.
Pawar, in a letter to his successor Shashank Manohar, made it clear that the 10-year contract with IMG was approved at all appropriate levels during his tenure as the Board president till September 2008.
Pawar’s letter has given a big boost to IMG ahead of the IPL’s Governing Council meeting here today in which the matter is expected to come up for discussion.
“I am very disturbed to hear about the termination of IMG contract by the honorary secretary, BCCI. Reading the contents of the termination, I feel that this unilateral move by the BCCI will put the BCCI in jeopardy,” Pawar said in the letter written as the Mumbai Cricket Association President.
“Not only will this lead to a prolonged legal battle but it will also show us in bad light in public,” said Pawar, who is also the chairman of the 2011 Central Organising Committee of the World Cup.
BCCI snapped ties with the IMG citing the members of its Working Committee were of the opinion that the latter was overcharging the Board.