Mumbai: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials met senior executives from sports marketing firm IMG in Mumbai today to discuss the Indian Premier League, including the award of global broadcast rights to Multi Screen Media Ltd for the tournament.
IMG has been managing the IPL since its inception in 2008.
The meeting was attended by senior BCCI officials including president Shashank Manohar, secretary N. Srinivasan and interim IPL chairman Chirayu Amin. Andrew Wildblood, senior vice president, IMG, was accompanied by senior legal counsel Paul Manning and John Laffhagen.
“It’s a routine meeting. IMG has a contract with IPL so it’s a routine
meeting with them,” said Srinivasan. Dismissing media reports that IMG could stand to lose the IPL contract, he said that “nothing sensational” happened at the meeting and IMG would continue as logistics company for IPL.
“We had a friendly and constructive meeting with the BCCI. We are hoping to have good relations with the BCCI,” Wildblood told reporters at the end of the meeting.
IMG’s role in the running of the league had come under a cloud following the suspension of Lalit Modi as IPL chairman and commissioner. The meeting had apparently been convened by the board to clarify whether IMG had been aware of Modi’s alleged misdemeanours, including charges related to the rigging of the initial bids for a couple of franchises in 2008.
Professor Ratnakar Shetty, appointed by the board to look into all documents and records related to the league, also maintained it was a “routine meeting.” He refused to comment on whether the board had discussed allegations levelled by English Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke that the sports management firm was involved in Modi’s alleged plan with three other English counties to start a rebel league.
A PTI report said the sports management firm had filed a defamation suit against Clarke over the claims.
PTI contributed to this story.