Wading into the ongoing IPL controversy, MNS chief Raj Thackeray today squarely blamed Union Minister and former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar for the mess in the Twenty20 league.
"Pawar has helmed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the parent body of IPL for years. How come now he says that he is no way connected to the Indian Premier League," Raj told reporters in Mumbai on Friday.
"If Pawar has nothing to do with IPL, then on whose directions the entertainment tax on T20 matches has been waived off in Maharashtra, where his party is in power with Congress," Raj Thackeray asked.
He has brought a bad name to the game of cricket, he said.
Also, did Pawar not ever know that the IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi, accused of financial anomalies, proxy investment and nepotism in IPL was involved in drug trafficking, Raj said.
However, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief said that banning IPL is no solution to the current problem.