Lalit Modi reveals BCCI had promised Rs 4 cr to Sunil Gavaskar

Lalit Modi said Sunil Gavaskar’s presence was critical for IPL during the initial stages Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Dec 15, 2011

Former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi has revealed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had promised Rs. 4 crores per year to former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar.

“A lot is being said in the news about Sunny. I just want to clarify – Yes Sunny was promised the 4 Crores a Year by BCCI for IPL,” Modi wrote on Microblogging site Twitter.

“Yes it’s due to him for the years he served on the IPL Governing Council. We used his name and credibility when setting up the IPL,” he tweeted.

The former IPL commissioner said Gavaskar s presence was critical for IPL in initial stages.

“Sunny was critical at the time we were setting IPL – as no one believed in the Product then. So to have on Board was Critical to the IPL.”

“Keep in mind when we launched IPL – ICL was headed by Kapil Dev – and we needed all the more reason to have Sunny on our side. Because of Kapil’s Stature ICL was snapping all the Players. So it was Important to counter that by bringing in Sunny. ICL was on a roll,” Modi wrote.

“ICL made the task more difficult so we had to launch a better and more superior offering to players and fans alike. Credibility was key then,” he added.

“Getting Sunny on Board was done with the Help of Mr Pawar-the then President of Bcci. He had negotiated the amount and I as Chairman agreed. IPL since has made history and will earn BCCI billions of Dollars in the coming Year. People like sunny should be rewarded not crucified,” he said.