Modi questions IPL officals over pitch swap
New Delhi: Former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit took potshots at the Cricket Board officials for changing the pitch for the IPL match, suggesting that BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan could have a hand in it.
A BCCI pitch inspector visited Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur after Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar criticised the strip there as "two-paced and difficult" after their IPL match against Rajasthan Royals on April 29.
It was then ordered that the last two matches of Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur -- today against Chennai Super Kings and on May 11 against Royal Challengers Bangalore -- would be played on a new strip.
"A little birdie just whispered that the big game in Jaipur has been moved to a side wicket on the Square. Why? Ask Rca official and CSK ...," Modi wrote on his Twitter page.
"Shows clearly how small things like a pitch selection can affect a game can be used by the powers that be. And it goes unnoticed," Modi wrote.
"N Srinivasan Company’s new name - Indian Cements & Cricketing Monopoly Pvt. Ltd.," Modi continued.
Srinivasan, the Cricket Board President-Elect, is also the owner of Chennai Super Kings IPL side.
Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne tweeted that he was surprised to know that his side will play on a new pitch.
"1st time in 4yrs we got told what wicket to play on - strange? Average score in Jaipur is 154 groundmen has/does a great job," Warne, who is playing in his last IPL season, said.
To this Modi replied, "good luck mate. I am sorry for the pitch fiasco u need to put up with. I am sure u will find a way out of this too."
Warne had expressed displeasure over Tendulkar`s remarks on the pitch after the April 29 IPL match.
"It is very unfortunate. Mumbai still is not relishing the fact that they were restricted to 94 for 8 and that is why they are searching for excuses. They should admit that they were outplayed if they were outplayed," Warne had said.