Lalit Modi lashes out at N Srinivasan, asks him to resign

The BCCI had earlier blamed Lalit Modi for the financial irregularities during the first three editions of the IPL AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Sep 9, 2011

Former Indian premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi has lashed out at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary N Srinivasan for alleging that Modi had taken BCCI for a ride over the financial irregularities in the first three editions of the IPL.

Modi was quoted in the website, cricketnext as saying, “The suggestion that I ‘took them for a ride’ as Mr. Srinivasan put it, is frankly ludicrous, and if they truly believe that to be the case, they are surely unfit for office”

Modi insisted that the BCCI was completely aware of all the transactions that took place during his tenure as the IPL commissioner.

“To claim it as their only defence means their collective incompetence is surely proven and I challenge them to resign en-bloc. Over the past 18 months, I have consistently maintained that the BCCI have had full and unadulterated knowledge of the facts,” Modi said.

The BCCI had, earlier, blamed Modi for the financial irregularities during the first three editions of the IPL.

BCCI secretary N Srinivasan had earlier said that the cricket governing body in India was taken for a ride by the suspended India Premier League chairman Lalit Modi, but said they can t put onus on the former chairman and needed to accept their responsibility for financial irregularities in the cash-rich tournament.

Srinivasan had told Parliament’s Standing Committee, “We were taken for a ride. I know we cannot plead before you that we did not know all this was happening. Your question would be, were you not vigilant? What did you do? I am sorry, sir, there is no defence for me. No defence in front of you. So, I am not pleading that at all. We just put our heads down.”