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ICC, BCCI have been sleeping: Lalit Modi on spot-fixing scandal
PTI
New Delhi, May 16, 2013
First Published: 21:20 IST(16/5/2013)
Last Updated: 23:45 IST(16/5/2013)

Former T20 League commissioner Lalit Modi on Thursday hit out at cricket administrators over the arrest of three cricketers for their alleged role in spot-fixing in the ongoing sixth edition, saying the ICC and BCCI have been "sleeping".

"It's shocking that the ICC has been sleeping, the BCCI and T20 League have been sleeping. The administrators have been sleeping," Modi said.

"ICC has to be an independent panel. It's very shocking that we are at the tail end of the tournament and the ICC ACU, the BCCI and the T20 League have not got a wind of this and we had to hear this from the Delhi police," he added.

Taking a pot shot at BCCI president N Srinivasan, Modi said power centres have changed in cricket now.

"Everything is governed out of Chennai. We need to take the power centre away from one person ruling ICCand BCCI."

He also advocated legalisation of betting.

"Legalisation of betting is a must. That will be a step forward. And the government has been shying away from that for a long time."

He said one can't weed out corruption from sport.

"You can't weed out corruption. That is there world-wide in sports. It is the administrators' job to put deterrents out there and be vigilant. You have got to understand that bookmakers are always trying to lure players," Modi said.

About what he had done during his time as the head of the league Modi said, "I had put in strong deterrents and unfortunately that led to me getting threats from the underworld, leading to multiple assassination attempts."


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