Sunday, December 13, 2009

Modi rubbishes media reports

The IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi rubbished reports that he is being eased out of the Indian Premier League.

According to IANS, Modi pooh-poohed reports circulating in a section of the media that he faces a crisis with a very powerful lobby within the BCCI plotting to remove him from IPL commissioner's post.

The IANS reported that Modi clarified there was no truth in "these planted stories" as he was appointed by the Board's general body for five years to run the mega-event.

"Also, there's no truth in the report that the post of IPL commissioner is being abolished," he said.

Even the IPL vice-chairman Niranjan Shah, indignantly refuted the so-called move, saying that someone was trying to play a prank and the media fell hook, line and sinker for the bait.

"How can anyone believe such trash without giving it a thought?" he asked.
Another senior board official, not wanting to be dragged into the unsavoury controversy nor wishing to be identified, said that there was not even discussion on the subject at any of the recent Board meetings.

"Yes, some months ago, there was some loud thinking whether the chairman and commissioner's posts be delinked but there was no serious discussion. One suggestion was that the Board president should be the IPL chairman," said the Board insider.

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