Modi was involved in IMG decision
The IPL franchise owners may be cut up with the BCCI for severing ties with IMG but IPL commissioner Lalit Modi was a signatory to the working committee's decision to pull the plug on the sports management company.
According to a TOI source who attended the said working committee meeting last month, several state associations objected to IMG being paid far in excess to the services it had rendered during IPL-I.
Among the state associations to object were the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA), and the motion was passed by the house unanimously.
Modi, the brain behind IPL, surprisingly didn't counter the arguments offered by the likes of Jagmohan Dalmiya and Rajeev Shukla.
It's difficult to say why the issue was not hotly debated even though the objection raised was not specific in nature.
It is also not clear why the working committee, the all-powerful arm of the BCCI, was in such tearing hurry to pass a resolution to this effect on this potentially tricky issue. A few working committee members that TOI spoke to admitted to the haste on their part but are livid with the IPL franchise owners for "poking their nose into" something that is clearly "none of their business".
"The issue involves two parties - the BCCI and IMG. The franchise owners have no locus standi. The matter is being reviewed by the BCCI president, who I am sure will come up with an acceptable solution," a working committee member said.
While just about everyone in the BCCI feels that the fee being charged by the IMG for their services is quite high, there are many who rate their quality of service highly. Indications are that unless the IMG continues to be rigid on this issue, a compromise of sorts will be worked out that will see the sports management company and the IPL continue their honeymoon.