Lalit Modi, the pioneer of Indian Premier League has been banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for few money-related issues. However, he once again makes the headlines when he made a phone call to Sanjiv Goenka ahead regarding the ownership of the franchise in Indian Premier League 2018.
Sanjiv Goenka had a successful stint when he owned Rising Pune Supergiant which did sublimely in the previous edition of the IPL. He was keen to be in touch with the lucrative tourney and showed his enthusiasm to buy Rajasthan Royals but then followed the silence when Lalit phoned him.
Rising Pune Supergiant has marked the tourney as the replacement for one of the Chennai and Rajasthan franchise for the last couple of years. They have displayed tremendous cricket by reaching the finals and almost sealed the tourney if they surpassed that one last run defended by Bumrah.
Sanjiv Goenka who is the owner of the franchise was in talks with the reinstated Rajasthan Royals owners in order to transfer the ownership. It is learnt that around INR 1000 crores is at stake to transfer the control over the franchise but the late phone call from Lalit Modi completely changed the things.
It is expected that Lalit Modi had revealed some interesting news to Sanjiv Goenka regarding the purchase of the franchise. It comes to known that Goenka’s brother-in-law owns the lion share in the franchise deal which certainly played a key role in Sanjiv’s idea of purchasing the franchise.
However, few sources quoted TOI that ”The RPSG group did an excellent job with their team last year. Their management was top class and that is why their coming into IPL again this season was important. But they don’t want to get into controversial deals handled by Modi. The group is still interested in buying an IPL team.”