September 18, 2011

Interviews

'I tried to do an honest job'

Akhila Ranganna

Shahshank Manohar, who has been the President of the BCCI for the past three years, looks back at his tenure, as he prepares to step down from the post. He talks to Sumit Mukherjee in the Times of India.

It must have been tough to suspend Lalit Modi? What convinced you that he has to go?
It was a conscience call. The situation called for a corrective decision. There was no personal issue involved. Once I was convinced about the wrongdoings on part of Modi, it was a fairly simple decision. I sat in the BCCI office for four days (April 20-24, 2010) and examined each document pertaining to IPL contracts. What prompted me to check the documents was the dispute with regard to Kochi franchise and Modi’s refusal to sign the franchisee agreement days after their bid was accepted. Team Kochi owners had also called me to inform that they were being threatened to surrender their franchise rights. After poring over the documents I was convinced that it was time to act.

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo

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