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Modi seeks more time, to reply on Tuesday

Zeecric Bureau

Mumbai: Suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi sought more time from the BCCI on Monday and said that he would submit a hard copy of his reply to the second show-cause notice issued by the apex cricket body on Tuesday.

The BCCI had issued a second showcause notice to Modi which accuses him of planning a rebel Twenty20 league in England, his lawyer said on Monday.

Though Modi will submit his reply to the notice on Monday night itself via e-mail, a hard copy of the same, which is expected to be a two dozen-page document, will reach the BCCI headquarters on Tuesday morning, Modi’s legal adviser Mehmood Abdi told reporters.

“Lalit Modi is in Europe now and he will file the reply through e-mail tonight. I will submit a hard copy of the reply to the BCCI tomorrow,” Abdi said.

The BCCI has been informed of this, Abdi added.

On May 15, Modi had replied to the first showcause served on him soon after the conclusion of IPL’s third edition on April 25 over allegations of murky financial deals in running the Twenty20 event.

He was served a second showcause by the BCCI on May 6 based on an e-mail sent to the Board by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Giles Clarke.

In his e-mail, Clarke leveled serious charges against Modi that the Board found “detrimental to Indian cricket, English cricket and World cricket at large.”

The notice referred to Modi’s March 31 meeting in Delhi with representatives of English counties Yorkshire, Lancashire and Warwickshire in which he allegedly talked about a parallel Twenty20 league in England and Wales in which eight existing franchises would bid for nine counties in the UK.

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