The IPL Commissioner may step down on April 26 after the tournament.
New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India is all set to oust Lalit Modi as IPL chairman by asking him to step down on April 26, sources have told CNN-IBN.
The Board top brass is to meet in Mumbai on Friday. IPL franchise owners have also been asked to attend the meeting, while Lalit Modi will be excluded from it. Sources added that if Modi does not step down, the BCCI will convene a special AGM.
Within the IPL governing council as well, the support base for Modi is dwindling. Those against Modi are Shashank Manohar (BCCI president), N Srinivasan (BCCI secretary), Niranjan Shah (IPL vice chairman), Chirayu Amin (BCCI vice president), Sanjay Jagdale (BCCI joint secretary) and Rajiv Shukla (chairman of BCCI's media and finance committee).
Thos supporting Modi are Farooq Abdullah (president, Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association), IS Bindra (president, Punjab Cricket Association), and M P Pandove (honorary treasurer, BCCI).
There are four other members who are non-committal. They include BCCI vice president Arun Jaitley and former India captains Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
Lalit Modi's fortunes are intrinsically linked with the IPL. In 2007, he made an an advance tax payment of Rs 19 lakh. In 2008, when the first edition of the IPL was launched, the advance tax shot up to Rs 2.5 crore. In 2009, when the IPL was shifted to South Africa, Modi paid Rs 32 lakh as advance tax and in 2010, the advance tax component has gone up to Rs 11 crore.