Shashank Manohar took on the IPL Commissioner for disclosing the franchisee owners of the Kochi team for IPL 4 after a Twitter spat between Modi and Minister of State for External Affairs, Shashi Taroor.
Lalit Modi and Shashank Manohar traded letters on the issue, and the letters have been made public by a leading Indian daily, and it reveals the chaos following the upstage.
Manohar’s letter to Modi stated,
“The BCCI is a body which functions in accordance with its constitution and doesn’t function through the media. The issue, if any, could have been discussed at the governing council meeting and that action on your part of raising it on Twitter is unbecoming of you as a chairman of the a sub-committee of the board. Your action is in serious breach of the confidentiality clause in the agreement.”
He further added, “Till date, you have made public statements about a lot of issues which were not even discussed in the meetings of the governing council when it is the governing council which has the authority to take decisions with regard to each and every issue related to IPL.”
Lalit Modi retaliated in his own letter to the BCCI President,
“I have minutes of what they said at the meeting. And in fact when I questioned who the shareholders were, they had no answer. In fact, they said they would revert back. Within minutes of me asking the same I got a call from Shashi Tharoor asking me not to ask about who these shareholders are.
“You had mentioned that we should ignore who this owner is but our condition requires us to authenticate who they are. What I have put on Twitter is in no way breach of confidentiality as who the shareholders are we have always provided in the past and it is not a matter to hide. Further, it is the Kochi franchisee who has a lot to hide and as such have lied about who are the actual owners of the shares.
“I have no intention of putting BCCI and IPL into disrepute. I have always gone out of my way to protect both the IPL and BCCI all the time. My track record is there for one and all to see.”