Mumbai:The top brass of the BCCI will not attend the inaugural IPL Awards Night to be held at a suburban hotel here on Friday in the wake of the spat with Lalit Modi.
BCCI President Shashank Manohar, Secretary N Srinivasan, and IPL vice-chairman Niranjan Shah will not attend the function, a top BCCI official said on the condition of anonymity.
The Awards Night, to honour the best-performing players in the IPL over the last month and a half, is planned to be a Bollywood-style entertainment extravaganza in which Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar are to be the co-hosts.
Invitations for the awards function have been sent to all the BCCI and IPL's Governing Council members, all the franchise owners, players and support staff, along with the owners of the two new teams - Kochi and Pune - which are to make their debut in the league in 2011.
The absence of the BCCI bigwigs is likely to add further fuel to fire to the ongoing spat between them and IPL Commissioner Modi.
The awards function could also be the last time IPL Commissioner Modi, whose tenure at the helm of affairs is hanging by a thin thread, will be calling the shots at the Board's precincts as a strong lobby is working towards removing him from the post in the wake of the huge controvers surrounding it.
Among the jury panel is former India captain Sunil Gavaskar who is also a GC member while Modi is its convener.
There are two other ex-cricketers in the Council - former captains Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Ravi Shastri.
A total of 22 categories of awards, including nine jury awards, would be given away, but the suspense remains as to the persons who would attend it from the cricket administration.
Reporters from the print and electronic media have been excluded from the function while photographers and TV camera crew would be able to shoot the proceedings.
The BCCI top brass might also not attend the grand final of the Twenty20 tournament between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, which is owned by Srinivasan's India Cements Group, according to sources.
The awards function could also be the last time IPL Commissioner Modi, whose tenure at the helm of affairs is hanging by a thin thread, will be calling the shots at the Board's precincts as a strong lobby is working towards removing him from the post in the wake of the controversies surrounding it.