On a day of wild speculation, it became clear that the battle to remove Lalit Modi, if he does not resign as IPL chairman, could be messy.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has called a meeting of the Governing Council of the Indian Premier League on April 26, the day after the IPL III final. Modi is expected to be asked to resign from IPL duties on the day.
“The mood is changing all the time, but late on Monday night all indications were that the Board president will assume full charge,” a Governing Council source told Hindustan Times.
Although the council does not have the authority to remove Modi as chairman of the IPL, a source revealed that the saga could end then and there if Modi agreed to resign. Whether Modi will resign, especially if his leadership fails a Governing Council vote, remains to be seen.
What’s interesting is that the 14-man governing council includes Modi, and, as chairman, he has the casting vote in case of a tie at any stage. Like any standing committee of the BCCI, this only has powers of recommendation.
If Modi chooses not to resign (his appointment as chairman is till 2012) the Board can escalate the matter in their Working Committee meeting that is set to take place on May 2. However, if the letter of the constitution in its current state is followed, Modi could drag things out, taking the matter to a General Body Meeting of the Board, which could be interesting as it will come to another vote and depend on the balance of power.
Generally though, recommendations of the Working Committee are accepted by the GBM.
On December 16, 2007, the constitution of the BCCI was amended to allow the formation of the IPL Governing Council. The changed constitution states that the Council shall include “a chairman, four officers appointed by the board, three eminent former cricketers and principal officer bearers of the Board as ex-officio members” and that the term will be of five years’ duration. This council was appointed by a General Body Meeting of the entire Board, and only a similar authority has the power to sack Modi.
As it stands, the Governing Council submits an annual report of its activities, audited accounts and is responsible to the Board’s General Body in all respects.