ICC president-elect Sharad Pawar met current BCCI president Shashank Manohar this afternoon. After a 2-hour discussion, Pawar said that a unanimous decision will be taken on Lalit Modi. An agreement between Pawar and Manohar reportedly finalizes the BCCI's decision.
The BCCI may not completely sack Modi from his supreme IPL Commisioner post, but will set up a decision team which will curb Modi's powers significantly. Also, Manohar will hold a higher position than Modi. The IPL Governing Council, which will meet on April 26, will take the final decision.
Categorically stating that he does not have anything to do with the IPL controversy, and that he only heard about it through the papers, Pawar also said that he was not going to attend BCCI's IPL Governing Council meeting scheduled on April 26. He expressed confidence in the council to reach a consensus taking the interests of the game of cricket into consideration.
The noose around Lalit Modi seems to be getting tighter, with the Indian government getting involved, and a parliamentary probe team likely to be set up for investigation on how IPL functions in entirety.
Modi is also expected to be called for further questioning for routing payments to 3 teams through off shore equities. The fact that the bidding files of Videocon and Adani were not returned after the auction as per the norm, also pushed IT sleuths into further investigation.
Meanwhile, Sharad Pawar might meet Home Minister P Chidambaram and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee over the IPL controversy.