BCCI arm-twisted every cricket board, says Modi

Lalit Modi said that scuttling the Indian Cricket League was BCCI’s mandate Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Jun 20, 2011

Lalit Modi once again slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by saying that it has arm-twisted every other cricket board, and also scuttled the Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Modi wrote on Twitter, “When I was at BCCI the mandate given then was to scuttle ICL. BCCI arm-twisted every cricket board and ICC to change their constitution. The constitution of every board was changed and ICC made ICL redundant by its act by making it unauthorized cricket.”

“When you work for an organization – and it gives you a mandate to do something then – its one job to do that to the best of his ability. Yes I was part of the BCCI when we scuttled ICL. That was the mandate of the organization. It was not my personal agenda. I have no personal issues with ICL. I am of the personal opinion that more competition in the game is good for the game and its players,” he added.

According to reports in media, the BCCI refused to allow Indian players to participate in the Sri Lanka Premier League because it believed that the former Indian Premier League chairman could be involved in the organisation of the Sri Lankan edition of the Twenty20 league.

Modi not only denied being involved with the SLPL, but also criticised the BCCI.

“It seems best way to scuttle any plans is to say Lalit Modi is behind it. Good to know that just mentioning my name can send a shiver down their spines. It just shows that Mandarins at BCCI have no clue what is happening in the cricket world. They can’t see beyond their own shadow,” Modi wrote earlier.

The BCCI officially said that their denial for granting permission to the players is based on the fact that the league is being conducted by a private party on behalf of Sri Lanka Cricket, a claim that SLC has rejected.