New Delhi (Mail Today): The Indian cricket board, seemingly getting worried as Sahara India continues to stick to its charter of demands pertaining to the Pune franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has apparently requested former BCCI president Shashank Manohar to mediate.
The presence of Manohar, who carries an impeccably clean reputation and during whose tenure Sahara and Kochi franchises were added to the IPL fold in 2010, fuelled speculation that Srinivasan might have requested him to help resolve the contentious issues.
Srinivasan, however, denied having any knowledge of Manohar being requested to mediate in the impasse involving Sahara and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over a host of issues pertaining to the IPL Pune Warriors franchise.
“We were actually summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) following a notice from the government agency. He finished with that and went away. He had nothing to do with it [Sahara imbroglio],” Srinivasan told MAIL TODAY. According to Board sources, ED had also summoned Srinivasan, former treasurer MP Pandove and BCCI chief administrative office Ratnakar Shetty to its office regarding the contentious investments in the IPL that took place a few years ago, during the tenure of Lalit Modi, who was the then chairman of the IPL governing council. They said that back channel dialogue between the two sons of Roy and BCCI officials continued on Tuesday and that some ray of hope might emerge in the next couple of days.
When told that Manohar was seen visiting Sahara Star, Srinivasan said: “I don’t know. I was at the BCCI headquarters [at the Wankhede Stadium] from 12 noon to 7 pm and even my car was parked at the Board office. I had so many other BCCI jobs to do.” Asked about the chance of the Sahara-BCCI issues being resolved, Srinivasan didn’t commit anything. “I have said what I had to in Chennai [after the BCCI’s working committee meeting at which almost all the Sahara demands were rejected]. There’s a lot of privacy involved in this issue,” he said.
The main demand of Sahara, which bought the Pune franchise for over Rs 1,700 crore, is for an additional foreign player in the playing XI and permission to use $1.8 million, with which it bought Yuvraj Singh, to buy another player after the left handed all-rounder was ruled out from the 2012 IPL due to cancer.
After the BCCI rejected these and some other demands, Subrata Roy on February 4 announced that he was snapping Sahara’s 11-year relationship as team sponsor because the BCCI was not listening to his grouses.
Reproduced From Mail Today. Copyright 2012. MTNPL. All rights reserved.