Modi seeks time to respond to BCCI notice

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India is likely to approve suspended Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi’s request to extend his deadline for responding to the showcause notice.

Modi had sought time till 15th May to respond to the 22 charges of fraud and corruption in the IPL team bids.

"He has asked for some documents from the BCCI to file his replies but has not got them yet. So he is likely to seek an extension today from the BCCI pending the receipt of the said documents," said sources close to him.

Modi, who was in Delhi yesterday, has also been accused of planning a parallel IPL-style league in England, without the knowledge of the Indian of English cricket boards.

Earlier, Modi had said that he would file a defamation suit against Giles Clarke, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), for making an “unfounded charge” that he was behind a planned unofficial Twenty20 league in England.

Modi said on Saturday that he was appalled at Clarke’s “preposterous allegation”.

“How could I go with a proposition like the one Clarke credits me with when I was the person who was opposed to Indian Cricket League (ICL), Arab League and US League,” Modi told reporters.

“When I insist that all players should get a clearance from their respective boards to play in the IPL, could I do anything going behind the ECB’s back?”

Asked if he sees a conspiracy to discredit him, Modi said he would not like to speculate since everything is in the public domain and people can judge themselves.

Modi said he need not defend himself by reacting to a baseless charge when his (Clarke’s) own counties have come out with the truth.


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