New Delhi: Even as Lalit Modi, the suspended chairman and commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL), dismissed the second show-cause notice issued to him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as “fiction” on the Times Now TV channel, the game’s administrator in the country is building up its case against him.
The second show-cause notice accuses Modi of trying to split the cricket world by starting a rebel league. The first show-cause notice is over allegations of wrongdoing in conducting of IPL.
The emailed minutes of a meeting supposed to have been held by Modi on 31 March in New Delhi shows that Modi may have discussed a plan to start a parallel 20-over cricket league in the UK that mirrors the IPL format. The email was shown to Mint by a BCCI official, who didn’t want to be identified, after Modi dismissed the show-cause notice issued to him on the TV channel.
The email, marked highly confidential, was purportedly sent by Stewart Regan, chief executive of Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC), and gives details of a meeting held by Modi and senior officials of various county cricket clubs in the UK.
“BCCI has proof that Modi is in advanced stages of planning and discussion with the three county clubs to create a rebel league,” said the BCCI official.
In the second show-cause notice, Modi has been accused of negotiating a parallel league in the UK without the knowledge and consent of the respective governing bodies, including BCCI. Giles Clarke, president of the English Cricket Board (ECB), brought the matter to the Indian board’s notice by copying the contents of Regan’s email to BCCI president Shashank Manohar.
Modi could not be reached for comments. However, PTI reported on Friday that Yorkshire, one of the three county clubs allegedly in talks with Modi, denied the allegations, insisting that there was “nothing underhand” about the meeting. YCCC chairman Colin Graves dismissed the allegations and said the meeting was merely about discussing an idea and ECB had been informed.
The email includes detailed information on meetings, attendees, the vision of the proposed league, the deal structure, revenue models and compensation plans.
The discussion also suggests that if the governing bodies try and block the development of the league, “the franchises could, if they wished, simply buy out the players and create their own cricket structure”.