Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Wednesday
asked the BCCI as to why cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar,
Ravi Shastri or Ajit Wadekar were not considered to replace
ousted IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.
He also questioned the logic behind his old friend
Sharad Pawar making Modi IPL chief despite his "shady past."
"Modi has been replaced by another big shot
industrialist....(BCCI chief Shashank) Manohar should be asked
why names of Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri or Ajit Wadekar were
not considered for the post," he said in an editorial in party
Thackeray also asked as to why "Pawar and others
handed over IPL reins to Modi despite his shady past."
"Pawar is a minister in the Union cabinet and his
party rules Maharashtra. Despite having police and
intelligence agencies at their disposal, did they fail to know
the shady past of Modi?" Thackeray said.
"The decision to hand over reins of IPL, which rakes
in thousands of crores, to such a person is dubious," he
He said Manohar could have suspended Modi much
earlier. "Manohar says the whole world knew about IPL dealings
but the Governing Council was kept in the dark," he said.