The never ending Lalit Modi-N Srinivasan saga took another turn on Wednesday when the suspended IPL chairman demanded his suspension be “placed before the General Body” of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Srinivasan, the BCCI secretary, circulated a six-page letter to all BCCI members on June 19, convening a Special General Body meeting on July 3. The purpose — to ratify his decision to refer Modi’s replies to three show-cause notices to the Board’s disciplinary committee.
Mentioning his displeasure over not being informed about the decision, Modi wrote a letter to Srinivasan on Wednesday.
“I wish to make it absolutely clear that I do not accept the legality of any of your suggestions, findings or recommendations,” Modi wrote.
Modi also reiterated his earlier accusation of Srinivasan acting out of malice. “It has also become absolutely clear that you are acting out of malice. Further, it is obvious that if any enquiry is warranted, it should be into your conduct rather than into the meaningless, trumped up allegations levelled in the show cause notice,” Modi wrote.
And he had a demand too: “Your decision will be recalled — the general body will be duly informed that your so called decision is your private view in the matter, and it is for them to decide the way forward.”
Wadia backs Modi
Ness Wadia may be on the verge of offloading his stake in the Kings XI Punjab team, but he is still backing Lalit Modi.
“We miss Lalit Modi. It was different (when Modi was heading the IPL),” Wadia said. “I hope he gets a fair trial. Hopefully things will work out and he will be back soon.”
Kochi allotted first ODI in OZ tour of India
Kochi: Big time cricket is returning to Kerala after three years, with the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here being chosen as venue for the first ODI of the India-Australia seven-match series in October.
The schedule —
Australia visit: Sep 27-29: Three-day practice match at Mohali, Oct 2-6: 1st Test at Mohali, Oct 10-14: 2nd Test at Bangalore, Oct 19: 1st ODI at Kochi
Oct 22: 2nd ODI in Goa, Oct 24: 3rd ODI at Vishakapatnam
New Zealand visit: Nov 4-8: 1st Test at Ahmedabad, Nov 12-16: 2nd Test at Kanpur, Nov 20-24: 3rd Test at Mumbai, ODI venues (schedule of matches to be decided later): Bangalore, Mohali, Chennai, Guwahati and Hyderabad.
ICC centenary medal presented to Bindra
Cardiff: The ICC on Thursday honoured Inderjit Bindra, the ICC's Principal Advisor, with a volunteer medal for his services to cricket during the second one-day international between England and Australia here. ICC President David Morgan presented the medal. Bindra has been involved in Indian cricket for over three decades. He has acted as President of the BCCI and presided over the Punjab Cricket Association.
Scotland ‘A’ stun India ‘A’
Glasgow: India ‘A’ opener Ajinkya Rahane’s century went in vain as a resolute Scotland beat the visitors by one wicket in a thrilling List ‘A’ cricket match here. Chasing a stiff 277-run target, Scotland were tottering at 64/7 at one stage before staging a comeback to win.
Score: India A 276/ 9 (A.Rahane 108, M.Tiwary, 71; G.Goudie 4-46). Scotland 277/9 in 49.3 ovs (R.Berrington 106, M.Iqbal 67; S.Tyagi 3-45, D.Kulkarni 3-50).