Yorkshire deny wrongdoing in T20 league

Modi has been accused of negotiating for a parallel Twenty20 league in England without the knowledge of the England and Wales Cricket Board and the BCCI in a meeting with three counties in March.

He has been slapped with a showcause notice by the BCCI after ECB chief Giles Clarke brought the matter to the Indian Board’s notice. But Yorkshire’s chairman Colin Graves rubbished the allegations and said the meeting was merely about discussing an idea and the ECB was duly informed about it. “This is totally overblown,” Graves was quoted as saying in the ‘Guardian’.

“It was a fact-finding mission. Lalit Modi did not put a proposition on the table. There were no secret proposals, no secret agenda, nothing underhand,” he insisted. “IPL has been extraordinarily successful and we can learn a lot from it. There was a proper business discussion about how things might develop in the future.”

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