Modi accused of planning parallel IPL

Afp May 07, 2010

NEW DEHLI: Suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) boss Lalit Modi faced further trouble on Friday after it emerged that he proposed a parallel event in England without informing the concerned boards.

The plan, revealed by England’s cricket chief Giles Clarke in an email to Indian officials, involved English county sides playing an IPL-style tournament and had held a secret meeting with officials from three unnamed counties in New Delhi on March 31. In the five-page notice to Modi, Board of Control for Cricket in India Secretary, N Srinivasan, wrote to Modi:

“You have allegedly discussed this as a commercial proposition … that the IPL would guarantee each county a minimum of $3 million per annum plus a staging fee of $1.5 million.” But Yorkshire’s Chairman Colin Graves denied the meeting. “Modi did not put a proposition on the table. There were no secret proposals, no secret agenda, nothing underhand,” Graves told The Guardian.

Modi had been given 15 days to answer the charge, Srinivsan wrote. Modi is already under a 15-day deadline, which ends on Monday, to reply to already existing corruption charges which he is facing because of which he was removed as chairman of the IPL.