Modi to continue as IPL chairman until 2012

“Somebody’s fertile brain came up with the idea that Modi is being removed as the IPL Chairman and a conspiracy is being hatched among myself, my secretary and treasurer and Farooq Abdullah,” BCCI President Shashank Manohar said after the IPL Governing Council’s meeting here on Thursday.

“I am very sorry to say that the picture being painted by the media people in their news reports and in their channels are absolutely baseless and false.
“Lalit Modi is doing an excellent job as the IPL Chairman and Commissioner. He is appointed by the general body till 2012 and there is no reason or power or authority in either of us to remove Modi,” he said.
Manohar’s clarification, however, puts an end to all those surmises and makes it clear that Modi’s job is safe till 2012.

Meanwhile, the third edition of the Indian Premier League will begin on March 24 in Hyderabad with the final to be held at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on April 25.
The semi-finals will be held at Bangalore, he added.

Modi said two new franchisees will be added to the current tally of eight teams from the fourth season of the IPL in 2011. On the participation of Pakistani players in the next season of IPL, Modi said, “Unfortunately the trading window began, they could not participate in it. There is auction window coming up and the Pakistani players will be put up at the auction.” The auction has been announced on January 19, with the upper limit being decided at USD 7,50,000 by the governing council, he said.

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