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Chirayu Amin wanted a share in IPL Pune team

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: In a sensational revelation on Friday, IPL interim chairman Chirayu Amin accepted that he wanted a share in the IPL Pune team and that he was a part of the consortium that made an unsuccessful bid for the Pune franchisee.

Amin said in a statement, "I was approached by a group of businessmen to join them in the consortium to bid for the Pune franchise. I agreed to invest upto 10 per cent from one of our associate companies."

He said, "Before participating in the bid I wrote a letter to President, BCCI Shashank Manohar in this regard and also stated in my letter that further clearance would be taken from BCCI before investing in case the bid was successful."

"There was therefore total transparency at every step," Amin added.

Earlier, giving a new twist to the bidding controversy, suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi claimed that the Twenty20 league`s interim chairman Chirayu Amin was part of the consortium that made an unsuccessful bid for the Pune franchise in March this year.

Modi said Aniruddha Deshpande, Managing Director of City Corporation in which Sharad Pawar and his family had 16 per cent shares, made the bid in March for a new consortium which included Amin.

"There were three members in the consortium that was part of the bid. They were Aniruddha, Akruti and Chirayu Amin," said Modi, whose suspension saw Amin being appointed as the interim IPL chairman.

"It`s a fact of life and I cannot change or distort facts. They were the bidders, one can`t change that," Modi said.

Amin, a Vadodara-based industrialist who heads the Baroda Cricket Association, was named the interim chairman in April after Modi was suspended on charges of financial irregularities, including bid-rigging.

Modi had earlier defended Pawar, saying no one from the Agriculture Minister`s family had anything to do with Deshpande`s bid.

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