On Wednesday, former BCCI chief Mr. Sharad Pawar said that if he was still in charge the current mess that the Indian cricket Board finds itself in won't have happened. It was Pawar however who had cleared the way for India Cements, of which the current BCCI chief Mr N. Srinivasan is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director, to own an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise five years ago.
In a letter written to Srinivasan in 2008, a copy of which is available with NDTV, Pawar had informed Srinivasan that India Cements could participate in the original tender process for a franchise in the IPL. "I have examined the bylaws and the relevant regulations of BCCI and I have consulted several members of BCCI , including the office bearers of the Board and it is our considered opinion that your being a shareholder, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the company will not prevent or preclude the Indian Cements Limited from participating in the tender," he wrote.
Pawar had then, further explained that ' the participation of India Cements Limited will not mean that you personally have any direct or indirect commercial interest.' The politician told reporters on Wednesday that the decision to allow India Cements in the tender process was taken after legal consultations and was unanimously agreed to by the then office bearers.