BCCI issues fresh notice to Modi

The five-page Board of Control for Cricket in India showcause notice made a series of serious allegations against the suspended IPL Commissioner, giving him 15 days to respond to charges.

BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement that the Board issued the showcause notice after it received an e-mail from England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke.

“The BCCI has issued another showcause notice to Mr Lalit K Modi today, based on an email received from Mr Giles Clarke...informing the President, BCCI, about the activities of Mr Lalit K Modi, which are detrimental to Indian cricket, English cricket and World cricket at large,” Srinivasan said in a cryptic statement.

The showcause notice referred to Modi’s March 31 meeting in Delhi with representatives of English counties such as Yorkshire, Lancashire and Warwickshire in which the suspended IPL chief allegedly talked about a parallel IPL in the England and Wales in which eight existing franchises would bid for nine counties in UK.

“You have allegedly discussed this as a commercial proposition...and also set out that IPL would guaranty each county a minimum of USD 3-5 million per annum plus a staging fee of USD 1.5 million if the counties supported this idea,” the notice said.
If Clarke’s allegations are true, Srinivasan said Modi’s activities would amount to a blow to “the very foundation of the way cricket is administered and played across the world”.

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