IPL chief Rajiv Shukla planning T20 league in UAE, alleges Lalit Modi

Lalit Modi wrote on his Twitter account, it seems new Leagues are starting to mushroom everywhere. Next Arab League in Middle East… Backed by I am told Rajiv Shukla Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 28, 2012

Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman, Lalit Modi on Tuesday, alleged that the current IPL chief Rajiv Shukla was planning to start a Twenty20 league in the United Arab Emirates.

Modi wrote on his Twitter account on Monday: “It seems new Leagues are starting to mushroom everywhere. Next Arab League in Middle East… Backed by I am told Rajiv Shukla and Jamil. Proposed League most dangerous for Indian cricket as it coincides with Indian Domestic and International Season.”

“If allowed to go forward then they will definitely encroach on Indian Domestic Players.

“As they have none of there own… Further will encroach on other Nations Players during the same period. If they were to play from June – Sep – its Hot. Thus a moot point(sic).”

While Shukla refuted all the allegations as “rubbish” in a text message to Hindustan Times.

While no one from the BCCI was willing to go on record, an insider said Shukla was spotted “introducing the event manager” to top ICC and BCCI officials during the 2011 World Cup. Another said that “didn’t mean he (Shukla) was involved” in organising the League.

Lalit Modi has released documents on Arab Sports League, minutes of meeting with Arabian Cricket World Series promoters, etc. through his twitter account.