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Lalit Modi planning a rebel league in England

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: Lalit Modi is down but clearly not out. The maverick under-suspension IPL commissioner is now trying to split the cricketing world into two by planning a six-month IPL-styled league in England.

As per reports Friday, Modi, under suspension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for alleged irregularities committed during his tenure as IPL chief, is in talks with three British counties for use of their grounds as venues for a parallel T20 cricket league - bypassing all the boards and ICC.

Acting on a complaint by a worried England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke, the BCCI has slapped another showcause notice on Modi, asking him to explain his role in the planned rebel league in England.

In his e-mail to BCCI president Shashank Manohar, Clarke has raised fears that Modi is trying to ‘destroy the very ethos of international cricket’.

In a rather cryptic statement which did not reveal details, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said that the board acted on an e-mail from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke.

"The BCCI has issued another Show Cause Notice to Mr Lalit K Modi today, based on an email received from Mr Giles Clarke, Chairman, ECB, informing the President, BCCI, about the activities of Mr Lalit K Modi, which are detrimental to Indian Cricket, English Cricket and World cricket at large," Srinivasan said.

Modi was suspended from the Indian Premier League Commissioner’s post pending a BCCI probe into allegations of financial irregularities, nepotism and rigging bids and was given 15 days time to respond to the charges.

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