Modi concerned about diminishing IPL TV ratings

Last Updated: May 18, 2011, 23:57 PM IST

New Delhi: Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi on Wednesday expressed concern over the declining TV ratings of the ongoing Twenty20 league, which have reached an all-time low this season.

The IPL`s television rating continued to take a beating as the season 4 of the event is struggling to attract viewers compared to last season.

"Just learnt that the ratings for IPL have reached an average of 3.84. Which is the lowest it has ever achieved. Sorry to hear the same," Modi tweeted.

Modi also posted the retweets of many of his followers, commenting on the BCCI`s decision to impose a fine of USD 50,000 on Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne following his public spat with RCA secretary Sanjay Dixit.

Warne escaped a ban but was fined heavily by the IPL`s disciplinary commission in Mumbai today for calling RCA secretary Sanjay Dixit a "liar and egoistic" after an IPL match in Jaipur, forcing RR owner Shilpa Shetty to intervene and apologise for the incident.

Most of the tweets were anti-BCCI and anti-Chennai Super Kings.

"BCCI Money minded heads targeting a legend like Warne is uncalled for. They are indirectly attacking all your close friends. Shame on them," tweeted one of his followers.

"USD 50000 fine for Warne while Dixit is free to punch away on twitter! unbelievable! not a word from the BCCI on Dixit mocking Tendulkar.”

"Rajasthan CA wants ban; Royals want Shane. They call themselves sports administrators and wanting ban?" tweeted another Modi`s follower.

Many of the followers felt that an apology was enough on Warne`s part.

"USD 50k would have bought Kaif for the IPL. The incident is a big shame and I m sure each cricket lover would be upset right now.”

"BCCI ought to have been magnanimous and left the legend accepting the apology. A fine should only commensurate with the damage done," the fans further tweeted.

Many followers also took a dig at BCCI secretary N Srinivasan, accusing him of favouring his team Chennai Super Kings.

"Not indirectly, but very directly. Fixing the auction, umpires and now pitch. Just give the damn trophy to CSK. It`s a pity Srinivasan is resorting to all that. CSK is a mighty fine team and can win without any such help," a follower posted.

PTI