Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar hit out at suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) boss Lalit Modi on Saturday, saying he was trying to ‘malign the image’ of the Board and interim IPL chairman Chirayu Amin by alleging that Amin was part of the failed bid for the Pune IPL team.
Manohar alleged that Modi himself had asked the bidders to get Amin to be part of the consortium.
After reports emerged on Friday of NCP chief Sharad Pawarâr’s possible links with the IPL, Modi had defended Pawar and claimed that Amin was part of the consortium led by City Corporation’s Aniruddha Deshpande, who bid for the team. Deshpande is Pawar’s close aide.
Manohar said, “The truth is that it was Mr Modi himself who sent a message to the Pune franchisees through Mr Ajay Shirke, President, MCA (Maharashtra
Cricket Association), asking them to contact Mr Amin and ask him to be a part of the consortium.”
Modi, who has already charged Manohar and BCCI secretary N Srinivasan with bias in the ongoing inquiry into his running of the IPL, had further alleged on Friday that Manohar had neither informed him nor the IPL Governing Council about Amin’s letter seeking permission to be part of the consortium.
Making Amin’s March 17 letter public, Manohar said Amin had informed the BCCI that he would make an investment of up to 10 per cent if he joined the consortium.
Amin had also stated that if City Corp won the bid, he would seek formal sanction from the Board to invest, Manohar pointed out.
“First and foremost, Mr Amin’s letter was not for asking permission to bid.
“Secondly, he was not a bidder with City Corporation Ltd.¦ The Board and the Governing Council would have needed to consider Mr Amin’s case only if and when he put forward a concrete proposal to invest,” he noted.