RR deny Modi talked out Warne not to bid for Flintoff

Last Updated: Sep 01, 2010, 12:56 PM IST

New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday dismissed reports that suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi talked their captain-cum-coach Shane Warne out of bidding for Andrew Flintoff in the second players` auction to `fix` the bid in Chennai Super Kings` favour.

A reported e-mail exchange between Modi and BCCI secretary and Chennai Super Kings owner N Srinivasan suggested that the bid was `fixed` to ensure that Chenai won the bid for Flintoff after back-door negotiations with Warne and his team.

But Rajasthan Royals rubbished the reports.

"The Rajasthan Royals participation in all of the IPL auctions has been entirely transparent at all times. Our Cricket management team is responsible for determining the auction targets and the structure of the RR team and they fulfill this role without any external influence," the team said in a statement.

The team also denied reports that Modi influenced Warne, insisting if true, the suspended IPL commissioner`s views are his own.

"We would like to reiterate that no one from the RR team including our captain Shane Warne has ever been spoken to by anybody in the past regarding influencing the bidding process. The views expressed by Mr. Modi are his own and do not represent that of Rajasthan Royals in any manner," he said.

PTI