ICC probing Lalit Modi’s bribery accusations: Anurag Thakur

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Kolkata, July 4 (IANS) Informing that the International Cricket Council (ICC) was probing former cricket administrator Lalit Modi’s bribery accusations against three cricketers including Suresh Raina, secretary Anurag Thakur on Saturday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) can react only after a formal intimation about it from world cricket’s governing body.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Thakur also said the newly formed cricket advisory committee consisting of legends Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, will take a call on deciding the appointment of the Indian team’s coach.

“The ICC is probing the matter but so far they have not informed us anything on that. We will react only after getting a formal intimation,” Thakur said here.

Modi alleged on Saturday that Indian cricketers Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and West Indian Dwayne Bravo had taken bribes from a bookie who was also a builder. The three are all members of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.

Modi claimed through a series of tweets on Saturday that real estate tycoon Baba Diwan of HDIL.co had given apartments to the players in addition to money to the tune of Rs. 20 crore each.

Modi also said when he was the IPL chief he “had banned him (Baba) from bidding for any IPL team”.

Modi claimed that Diwan was a good friend of Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, who have been implicated in the 2013 IPL betting and match fixing case by the Supreme Court.

He also posted a letter which he claimed he wrote to International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson in June 2013, passing on all the information and urging him to act upon it.

The ICC on Sunday acknowledged having received Modi’s confidential e-mail and sharing it with the Indian cricket board’s anti-corruption unit.

ICC said the information was also provided to its Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and it dealt with it in accordance with its procedures.

Raina has rubbished allegations and said he is mulling legal action against Modi.


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