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"It's not BCCI vs IPL team owners"

Mohali co-owner Preity Zinta today made it clear that franchise owners turning up at the inaugural IPL Awards Night which was boycotted by BCCI top brass should not be construed as if they were against the Board.

The BCCI top brass boycotted the Awards Night in Mumbai on Friday in the wake of their confrontation with IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi but franchise owners Preity, Vijay Mallaya (Bangalore), Shilpa Shetty (Jaipur) and Shah Rukh Khan (Kolkata) attended it.

Asked about this, Preity said nobody should have the impression that the BCCI and franchise owners are on a collision course.

"No, I don't think so that it's BCCI vs franchise owners. It's just how individually we reacted. For us, we wanted to go. It was nice to see cricketers from different team laughing together. It could have been different had controversy not been there," Preity said.

The Bollywood beauty also insisted that there was no hidden stake of anyone in her team and that she welcomes any investigation into the allegations.

"First they said someone bought me this team and now this benami stakes thing. Why can't people believe that I have put my own money into this.

"There is Right to Information. People can find out (the truth). There is not even one rupee of Akash Aurora in this team. He is my friend and I just told him to be with me.

"I have full faith in the system, let the investigation go on, we will support (it)," she said.

Meanwhile, Shah Rukh Khan, the co-owner of the Kolkata team termed the on-going PL controversy as noisy.

"IPL controversy: fast,furious and too much noise. Like the Twenty20 itself. Hope it gets resolved as fast too for our friend Lalit and franchises," Shah Rukh wrote on his twitter page.

Shilpa, who co-owns the Jaipur team, was more aggressive in her tweet.

"Full and fair investigation of IPL will compel loud -mouths to shut up by realising true value of sixth largest sporting event in the world," Shilpa wrote in her reply to Bangalore franchise owner Vijay Mallya.

The controversy began when IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi revealed the shareholding pattern of the new Kochi franchise on twitter, breaching the confidentiality clause of the contract with the owners.

The first casualty of the controversy was Minister of state for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor as he was alleged to have helped his friend Sunanda Pushkar in getting 70 crore sweat equity in Kochi franchise.

Modi himself is staring exit from the tournament because of his style of functioning.

There are allegations Modi has hidden stakes in many franchises. The Income Tax department and the Enforcement Directorate are probing into the funding of the tournament and have launched a survey, visiting most of the franchise offices across the nation to check details and documents.

The BCCI has already said that it will not hesitate to take harsh decisions to protect its image.

The board has been in damage control mode ever since the controversy began and there were indications that the BCCI would remove Modi from his post at the IPL Governing Council meeting on April 26.
 
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