Modi backs magazine's claims of match-fixing

Lalit Modi, the former chairman and commissioner of Indian Premier League during the IPL Auction 2010. Getty Images

New Delhi: May 11, 2011

A few days after raging a controversy over the Jaipur pitch, former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi has once again hogged the limelight by backing an investigation by a magazine, Sports Illustrated into rampant spot-fixing in the subcontinent.

The magazine has claimed that the second edition of the IPL, which was held in South Africa and some of the matches in the recently-concluded World Cup were fixed by a sophisticated bookmaker network.

“Some of the incidents described are factual. Quite an accurate story. Well researched I must say,” Modi wrote in his twitter page yesterday.

Modi had earlier raised a controversy by suggesting that the change of pitch for the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in Jaipur had been done at the behest of BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan.