Despite pressure mounting from all quarters, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi on Tuesday put up a brave front and said he was not stepping down from his post.
“I think all of you have the same question. On April 26, we have the Governing Council. We will meet there and discuss all these allegations that are coming out,” Mr. Modi told reporters on his arrival from Dubai where he had gone to attend the ICC’s Executive Board meeting.
Although there is intense speculation that Mr. Modi would step down after the final of the IPL on Sunday, he did not talk on the subject at all.
“There is no point discussing it. BCCI president Shashank Manohar and Sharad Pawar had already met this morning. They are all united in the same area. Decision will be taken unanimously by the Governing Council,” he said.
“I will present all the facts against all the allegations. There is nothing to worry about and we will carry on,” the beleaguered administrator added.
The stand against Modi in the BCCI has hardened over the last few days as the rapidly-developing events surrounding Kochi franchise’s stakeholding pattern has opened a pandora’s box about alleged financial irregularities in the IPL.
Mr. Modi himself is under fire for allegedly helping his family and friends buy stakes in various IPL teams.