The Board of Control for Cricket in Indian (BCCI) is alleged to have misled the Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee by hiding certain facts on global tender rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
According to the highly placed sources close to the BCCI, the last letter sent by the governing body to the Lodha Committee states that the 10-year tender rights contract ended with the conclusion of the IPL season in May 2016. Whereas, in reality, the contract has one more year to run. The new contract is in fact scheduled to begin ahead of the IPL season in 2018.
The practice of awarding the media rights one year before the expiry has come under the knowledge of the Lodha Committee and a letter seeking clarification in this regard was sent to the BCCI on Monday.
The “Committee has two specific questions in this regard. When did the previous Ten-year rights period come to an end When does the next 10-year rights period commence?”, the Lodha Committee letter to the BCCI asked. It was signed by Gopal Sankaranarayanan, Secretary, Supreme Court Committee & Advocate, Supreme Court of India and sent to the BCCI president, secretary and CEO.
If the BCCI is unable to satisfy the Lodha committee, this goof-up, following after the contradictory affidavits by Anurag Thakur and Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, will be brought to the notice of the Supreme Court.
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