The payment dispute between legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar and the BCCI took a turn for the worse on Tuesday when the Little Master lashed out at the board for not paying him his dues as IPL governing council member. The claim was immediately contradicted by the establishment.
Gavaskar who was controversially dropped from the IPL's governing council in September, maintains that he has not been paid for the last three years. However, secretary of the BCCI, N Srinivasan denied the claim, saying that he has been paid as per the contract.
"There is no dispute in this regard. He has been paid," he said.
Although Gavaskar has declined to divulge the exact amount in question by saying, "Never ask a woman her age and a man, what he gets", the BCCI says that he is demanding a whopping Rs 20 crore for services rendered.
"I am yet to be paid by the BCCI for my role on the IPL governing council. I have not been paid at all by the BCCI, since I took on the offer. All I have been doing is that sending a gentle reminder about the non-payment. I am just reminding them of what was offered to me and what was committed to me by the BCCI," Gavaskar said
The BCCI did not mention any reason for Gavaskar's dismissal from the IPL governing council during its Annul General Meeting, but reports claim it happened due to the payment dispute.
On whether Gavaskar had asked for Rs 20 crore for his five-year term in the IPL governing council, Srinivasan said "He had sent a mail to the BCCI President mentioning that amount. It was placed in the AGM but since there was no prior agreement or any understanding, it was not paid. The BCCI had not made any commitment".
"There was no contract. We had a contract with him for Rs one crore plus taxes and have paid him that. That's all", he said.