Srinivasan denies IPL auction fixing reports

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: Rubbishing allegations of fixing in the 2009 Indian Premier League auctions, BCCI secretary and owner of Chennai Super Kings IPL franchisee N Srinivasan on Thursday said that there was no communication made between him and Modi regarding the auctions, as claimed by some media reports.

Talking to a new channel, Srinivasan said, "Chennai Super Kings is the only team which had the full two million purse. Everybody else had less. So we didn`t need anybody`s favours to buy Flintoff. He could have sent an unsolicited mail to everybody. I don`t known how many people he sent it to. I have nothing about Keiron Pollard. I have not seen it. I don`t have any email on Pollard. No one has referred any mail that I want him," he said.

"I have not sent any mail that I want him. Rajasthan Royals bid for Flintoff at 1.5 million, I beat them at 1.55 million. so where is the deal? How can I have any deal? How can Modi have any contract of Shane Warne unless he is owner of Rajasthan Royals. We did nothing wrong. We were fair and square," he added.

Earlier, certain media reports had suggested that Srinivasan and suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi could have been involved in ensuring specific players for the Chennai franchise.

The report, which quoted emails exchanged between Modi and Srinivasan, also raised questions over the authenticity of the auction that took place in 2009 as it was learnt that Srinivasan tried to fix the bid of former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff in his favour.

The report quoted an email purportedly written by Modi to Srinivasan, which read “what a nightmare to convince them not to terminate (Sohail) Tanvir and also not to take Flintoff. Warne went off the handle. But have managed it by using stick and carrot strategy. Thus they have USD 1.875mn. Much loved Lalit”.

The report said two days later Flintoff was bought by Chennai Super Kings for a whopping USD 1.55mn, making him IPL’s most expensive player.

“In the bidding process, we had full amount of USD 2mn available for us. It was Rajasthan Royals who were aggressively bidding for Andrew Flintoff for USD 1.5mn. We finally acquired Flintoff for USD 1.5mn,” an Indian Cements spokesman said.

“When we won Flintoff in the bid where is the question of malpractice?” the spokesman questioned.

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