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Modi to submit reply to third showcause notice by Tuesday

Mumbai: Suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi is all set to submit by Tuesday his reply to the third show cause notice that BCCI slapped on him for alleged irregularities in the awarding of Twenty20 League’s theatrical rights, his legal adviser said on Friday.

“The reply to the third notice is actively under way. We have got time till the 15th (of June) to submit it,” Modi’s counsel Mehmood Abdi told reporters.

Modi was served the third show cause notice, which also raised questions over the awarding of the 150-second commercial slot in between balls during IPL 3, by BCCI on May 31.

He has already replied to two earlier notices slapped on him by the Board accusing him of financial irregularities, manipulating the bidding for new franchises and trying to destroy the structure of world and Indian cricket.

The first reply ran over 15000 pages, including a staggering number of supporting documents, while the second one was a 24-page response.

Modi asked for and was granted 15 days’ grace period to file replies on the first two occasions but has not asked for another extension to file the reply to the third notice.

Meanwhile, the BCCI has convened a meeting with all 10 IPL franchise representatives on June 24 followed by the League’s Governing Council meeting the next day.

The controversy surrounding Modi and his suspension are expected to figure in these meetings.

The meeting with the franchisees has been convened by the BCCI to let them get to know the new IPL interim chief Amin.

“The letter just says they want us to get to know the new chief and to discuss about IPL 4 which I presume would mean the issue of retention of specific number of players (Indian and foreign) in the auction, the tournament schedule etc,” said an IPL franchise official.

There’s still debate over how many players can be retained by the original eight franchisees ahead of the next players’ auction in which the two new franchisees - Pune and Kochi - will also take part along with the other eight.

The franchisee official said though there were reports that the IPL was thinking of changing the format which is a two-legged (home and away) single round-robin league at present followed by semifinals and the final, the franchisees have not been sent any formal proposal.

“There’s no proposal on these lines as yet. The meeting gives us an opportunity to discuss various things,” he added.

A changed format with two pools of five teams each and reduction of matches from 94, as per the existing format, to between 65 and 70 to reduce the burden on the players, could be proposed to the franchisees by the BCCI.

After getting the views of the franchisees, the IPL Governing Council is expected to give a final shape to all these issues and then put them in front of the BCCI’s all-powerful Working Committee for its approval, according to sources.

Another franchisee official, who wished to remain anonymous, was of the opinion that playing around 18 matches plus one semifinal and final or 3-4 placings match - if the team qualifies for the last four - in the existing time-frame of 45 days would be too taxing for the players.

“Taking into consideration that we may end up playing 18 to 20 matches in 45 days, as per the present format, it will mean playing a match, jumping into the plane on the next day and then playing another match the subsequent day. It will burn out the players,” he said.

He also said that though the common view is that a Twenty20 game is less taxing, the mental and physical exhaustion even for bowlers - who are restricted to four overs per player - is considerable.

“There should be a proper balance (between rest and play)” was the way he looked at it when the governing authorities sit down to chalk out the schedule for IPL 4.

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