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After Mumbai Indians, Modi questions IPL auction changes

After Mumbai Indians, suspended Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi questioned the last-minute changes made to the January 8-9 players' auction in Bangalore.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2011 07:49 PM IST

After Mumbai Indians, suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi questioned the last-minute changes made to the January 8-9 players' auction in Bangalore.

"The changing of players auction order as pointed by some franchisees is an issue which I highlighted when I saw the rules changed last minute. The order changing - should not have been allowed - as it gives advantage to teams that knew of it before," Modi wrote on social networking site Twitter.

Nikhil Meswani, executive director of Reliance Industries, in a letter to the IPL Governing Council asked why was the auction was changed from "selection of sets at random" to pre-decided "order of auction list" for the January 8-9 players auction, and said there was "no justification" for the last-minute change. The franchises were informed about the last minute change by the Governing Council Jan 7, just a day before the auction.

Modi asked the Governing Council to look into the last-minute change.

"Some key players were put into second day. Why? Take a guess? Me raising these issues will off course get old guard rallied up against me and I am sure more warrants will be issued by their cronies in Chennai," he wrote.

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