Mumbai: By successfully whittling down the commission-linked honorarium from Rs. 33 crore to Rs. 27 crore to the International Management Group (IMG) for each of the remaining eight years of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not only scoffed at its detractors for summarily terminating the contract with IMG, but also expressed its indignation in no uncertain terms at the unpalatable language used by franchises who shot off letters expressing their disapproval to Sharad Pawar, former BCCI President, Lalit Modi, Chairman IPL and Shashank Manohar, President, BCCI.
Making a pointed reference to the owners of the seven franchises, Mr. Manohar said: “They (the franchises) have no right to interfere with the internal working of the BCCI. This will not be tolerated.
“The IMG submitted a fresh proposal and it has been accepted by the AGM. IMG will get Rs. 33 crore for the IPL season II held in South Africa and henceforth it will be Rs. 27 crore for the next eight years. I would also like to say that there are no differences between the BCCI Secretary N. Srinivasan and IPL Governing Council Chairman Lalit Modi, as has been reported in the media. It’s incorrect. Both cooperated with me in taking forward the matter with IMG.” — Special Correspondent