Lalit Modi today made this clarification following the controversy over Shah Rukh Khan, the owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders, was told not to venture near players' dug-out nor dressing room by the Anti Corruption Unit yesterday.
He said Shah Rukh was stopped beacuse he did not have the all-access badge with him. Modi clarified BCCI's stand over the issue, saying ''there has been immense confusion in regards to allowing team owners to the dug-out. This is the first time a tournament has taken place, where there are other people involved apart from the BCCI.''
The IPL chairman said ''There has been an ambiguity on who should be allowed in the dug-out. I want to clarify to everyone, the team owners and the media that one person from each team is allowed to be along with the players in the dug-out and dressing room with the help of the 'All-access badge' - a red card which will let the person be with the team throughout.''
He further said ''Those who wish to enter the team dug-out, apart from the accredited one, need to posses the 'Visiting badge' -- a card which will allow the person to hang out with the players in the dug-out and dressing room only for 15 minutes. In total, there will be four cards of the same provided to each team.''
He said these cards would be provided to the team manager or coach and he can give it to any person, who will be then allowed to sit in the dug-out for 15 minutes. The cards would be collected back from the manager or coach after the match, he said.
Modi said some owners, like Preity Zinta and Vijay Mallya, had asked for the all-access badge and they had been given the same. Now, with this issue cropping up, they have decided to give one all-access badge to one owner who can then sit in the dug-out and all four Visting Badge which will allow four other persons to visit the dug-out for not more than 15 minutes.
IPL wages issue: Speaking on the reports of non-payment to Australian players, the IPL commissioner said the delay in disbursements of wages is due to the taxation issues, which have to be handled with players from different countries.
''I can guarantee the players that if there has been a delay, it has been done for their own benefit with the taxation issues being taken care of and all the players would get their payments.''
Random dope tests: He said two players from each team were chosen at random for dope testing.
''The players are selected by the manager who draws lot from a box before each match. They are only numbered and the numbers are then matched with the players' names, who are called for dope testing,'' Modi explained.
''The samples are then sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) lab in Sweden,'' he said.
The IPL commissioner, however, could not explain how a stalemate would be resolved in case a match is washed out in the knock-out phase of the event, featuring the two semi-finals and final between May 30 and June 1.
''The playing conditions of the IPL are there in the website (www.Iplt20.Com). You can download and print them,'' he stated.
Interestingly, the official website of the multi-billion dollar event does not contain the playing conditions of the 44-day event featuring 59 matches.