Kochi team chief meets Lalit Modi

An aide of the Dubai-based Mehta, who also had a brief courtesy meeting with ICC’s Principal Advisor I S Bindra, said “he (Mehta) is not willing to comment anything until the IPL’s Governing Council meeting.” Asked to comment on Mehta’s meeting with Modi, the aide said he would not like to comment on either.

The meeting comes in the wake of reports that Sunanda Pushkar, a close friend Union Minister of State for External Affair Shashi Tharoor, offered to surrender her sweat equity as she was distressed by the entire controversy.

“Kochi issue would be resolved. I am confident the Kochi team will continue and contribute to the success of IPL,” a confident Modi told PSI. Both Modi and Bindra, along with former BCCI president Sharad Pawar, are here for an ICC meeting.

Modi said he had no personal issue either with the team owners or Tharoor, who is in the eye of a political storm after it was found that her friend Sunanda is one of the Rendezvous stakeholders. “It is not Modi Vs Tharoor. It is not BJP vs Congress or any other political party or political leader. My priority is cricket and we would resolve the entire issue at the earliest,” said Modi.

Although no details were available about the meeting, Modi said that his sole interest was to promote IPL which was created jointly by everybody including all teams and BCCI.

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