As if Lalit Modi's war of words with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President N Srinivasan was not enough, the former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman took another BCCI bigwig on when he alleged that Rajeev Shukla, the current IPL chief, was planning to start a Twenty20 league in the United Arab Emirates.
Modi, who was sacked as IPL chairman in 2010 following allegations of misappropriation of funds, wrote on his Twitter account on Monday: "It seems new Leagues are starting to mushroom everywhere. Next Arab League in Middle East... Backed by I am told Rajiv Shukla and Jamil. Proposed League most dangerous for Indian cricket as it coincides with Indian Domestic and International Season..." Modi, who has been based in London for almost two years now, added: "If allowed to go forward then they will definitely encroach on Indian Domestic Players. “As they have none of there own... Further will encroach on other Nations Players during the same period. If they were to play from June - Sep - its Hot. Thus a moot point."
While Shukla, the minister of state for parliamentary affairs, reacted to Modi's allegations as "rubbish" in a text message to HT, BCCI insiders refused to believe either side.
While no one from the BCCI was willing to go on record, an insider said Shukla was spotted "introducing the event manager" to top ICC and BCCI officials during the 2011 World Cup. Another said that "didn't mean he (Shukla) was involved" in organising the League.