BCCI-IMG spat likely to top agenda at IPL meet

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/b/bcci.jpg' class='caption'> BCCI's decision to snap ties with IMG is likely to top the agenda when the IPL's Governing Council meets to take stock of the Twenty20 event's finances.

Updated: September 01, 2009 11:03 IST
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BCCI's decision to snap ties with event management company IMG is likely to top the agenda when the Indian Premier League's Governing Council meets here to take stock of the Twenty20 event's finances.

More than the finances of the event, which was held in South Africa this year due to a clash of dates with general elections here, the BCCI-IMG spat is likely to grab centre stage.

In its working committee meeting, the BCCI had ended its ties with the IMG, which handled the organisation of the cash-awash Twenty20 league. The BCCI said IMG was overcharging for the services rendered by it.

Wednesday's meeting would be attended by, among others, Chairman Lalit Modi and all the office bearers of the Cricket Board that owns the League.

The ongoing feud has also resulted in protest from a number of IPL franchise owner, including Shah Rukh Khan of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani of Mumbai Indians.

Meanwhile, in some quarters, it has been billed as a war between Lalit Modi, the man behind the formation of the league in 2007, and Srinivasan who heads the India Cements Group that owns the Chennai Super Kings franchise outfit.

Modi is one of the five vice-Presidents of the Board but lost his clout a bit after his defeat in the Rajasthan Cricket Association election, while Srinivasan has been touted as the likely candidate to take over the BCCI reins when South Zone gets its turn.

The pitch has been queered further with speculations that former BCCI president and 2011 World Cup Central Organising Committee Chairman Sharad Pawar was unhappy with the latest developments after being approached to intervene by the franchises.

Pawar, who was instrumental in streamlining the Board's functioning, will be present in Mumbai to chair the COC meeting of the World Cup at a hotel near the Mumbai airport's domestic terminal which is also the venue of the IPL meeting.

Pawar, the Union Agriculture Minister, is expected to meet BCCI Chief Shashank Manohar and secretary Srinivasan at the COC sitting and have a discussion on the row between the Board and the IMG.

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