The BCCI Working Committee on Sunday focussed on issues relating to Indian Premier League's suspended Commissioner Lalit Modi's alleged financial misdeeds. The deliberations at the Cricket Centre lasted an hour and members were updated about specific charges against Modi.
BCCI president Shashant Manohar explained to the 22 working committee members the reason for the decision to suspend Modi from all posts associated with the IPL and BCCI. The suspension was conveyed to the Modi after the IPL3 final last Sunday.
It is learnt that all members agreed upon the charges. “All the developments leading to Lalit Modi's suspension were explained. The BCCI chief also kept the members informed about several deals negotiated by Modi without intimating the IPL Governing Council,” said a source.
The BCCI did not issue a media release nor hold a media briefing to announce Sunday's decisions taken by the working committee.
Modi was charged on five counts, including irregularities relating to the bids of IPL franchises Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals, broadcast and internet rights. He has to file replies within 15 days.
The working committee also discussed charges levelled by the Mumbai Cricket Association against the IPL of bypassing the MCA when conducting IPL matches in Mumbai. It is learnt that all IPL games henceforth will have to be conducted through the host association.
The MCA was critical of IPL's direct arrangement with stadium managements for hosting matches, instead of routing requests through the host association, and boycotted ties at Brabourne stadium and DY Patil stadium featuring home matches of Mumbai Indians.