Saturday, October 27, 2012

BCCI official rubbishes Lalit Modi's accusation on IPL

Lalit Modi Chairman of IPL Tournament - Sports Jagat
Lalit Modi Chairman of IPL Tournament - Sports Jagat
A senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official on Saturday rubbished past Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi's claims that Board president N Srinivasan was trying to gift the Hyderabad franchise to his friends, saying the whole procedure of Sun TV winning the offer was done in a transparent manner.

"The whole process of deciding on the franchise was very clear and transparent. Tender documents were made available and the bidding procedure was also very proper and there was no possibility of any ambiguity," the official said.

Sun TV bought the Deccan Chargers team on Thursday for Rs 85.05 crore per year, prompting Modi to write on twitter that he had "predicted" it would happen this way and that BCCI was trying to "gift" the team to Srinivasan's "pals."

Asked what would be the fate of the Deccan Chargers players, the official informed that most of them will be retained by the Sun TV franchise, while the rest will go under the hammer in the open bidding next year.

Last Thursday, the Guwahati High Court also passed a judgment, warning BCCI from "taking a final decision" on the tender floated on October 14 for selection of new teams for 2013 IPL tourney.

The senior official said: "The bidding has been done and the franchise has been decided. This court decision is not going to affect the process. "

"BCCI wants to take IPL across India but we have to understand that unfortunately, there is no proper infrastructure in North Eastern states. May be in the future we will have a north eastern team in IPL," he said.

The ongoing Champions League Twenty20 game received a lukewarm response with the IPL teams -- Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils -- failing to perform up to their standing.

Asked about their disappointing show in South Africa, the BCCI official said: "It is disappointing that the IPL teams could not do well in Champions League but then in sport, it happens. We can't expect our teams to do well all the time."


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