BCCI secretary to meet top I-T official today

Dept has also sought details of the auction of players

The I-T department had issued summons to the BCCI on April 16 asking it to furnish all details by April 23. Since the summons, the BCCI has been working overtime getting all the papers in order, with president Shashank Manohar, secretary Srinivasan and other principal office-bearers meeting up on Thursday to ensure that no stone is left unturned in a bid to meet the demands of the IT department.

As things stand, all the financial transactions with the franchises have been handled by the BCCI itself, with its treasurer MP Pandove  monitoring the flow of money into and out of the BCCI-IPL accounts. The I-T exercise is intended to have clarity on the financial transactions between the IPL — which is a sub-committee of the BCCI  
— and the eight original franchises, following the unsavoury developments involving the Kochi franchise.

The I-T department has also sought, among other things, details of the auction of players of each team. Amongst the detailed documents sought are the bidding documents of all the eight franchises, details of ownership/shareholding of each franchisee, names and addresses of individuals/ entities owning the franchise and their contract with the IPL, payments made by the franchises to the BCCI/IPL since inception, payments made by the BCCI/IPL to the franchises since inception and the profit and loss account and the balance sheet of the IPL since inception with necessary annexure.

It appears as if Modi’s days at the helm are clearly numbered. The battle lines already done, things took a decisive turn on Thursday morning with Manohar making it all too apparent that the BCCI wasn’t impressed with the autocratic and perceived secretive ways of Modi’s functioning.

The one-time visionary now finds himself cornered, his bluff having been called; the governing council meeting of the IPL will go ahead on Monday with or without Modi, with sources indicating that every issue will be discussed threadbare at the governing council.
The question many are asking is why the governing council was a mute spectator all this while even as Modi was going about his business all on his own.

One of the members of the council, former Indian skipper ‘Tiger’ Pataudi, conceded on Thursday that the governing council had been ‘too unquestioning’ but ruled out the necessity to revamp the entire unit, never mind what has happened in the last two weeks or so.

It is gathered that at the opening ceremony of IPL III at the DY Patil stadium here on March 12, one of the team owners from the South who is not a senior Board functionary had expressed his apprehensions about Modi’s ‘high-handedness’ and the apparent one-man show that the IPL had become.

The seeds of discontent sown then have germinated into a full-blown clash of personalities and issues, with Modi’s ill-advised Tweet triggering off an unforeseen chain of events and throwing the cricketing landscape in the country into tremendous turmoil.

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