Modi gets BCCI breather on second show cause reply

Lalit Modi got a breather after BCCI granted the suspended IPL Commissioner 10 additional days to reply to the second show cause notice.

updated: May 18, 2010 13:50 IST
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Lalit Modi got a breather after the Cricket Board on Tuesday granted the suspended IPL Commissioner 10 additional days to reply to the second show cause notice issued to him for his acts "detrimental to world cricket".

Modi was issued the notice on May 6 on the basis of an e-mail received from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke and has now time till May 31 to reply to the second show cause following his request to the Board, according to Modi's legal advisor Mehmood Abdi.

The suspended IPL chief, who responded to the first show cause notice from BCCI over allegations of murky financial deals and bid-rigging with a voluminous 15,000-page reply last Saturday, had asked for more time to answer the second notice on Sunday.

The Board granted his request yesterday through an e-mail sent to Modi by BCCI secretary N Srinivasan, Abdi said.

In his e-mail, Clarke levelled serious charges against Modi which the Board found "detrimental to Indian cricket, English cricket and World cricket at large".

The deadline for submitting his reply to this notice was May 21 before BCCI acceded and gave Modi a 10-day grace period.

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 IPL in the England and Wales in which eight existing franchises would bid for nine counties in UK.

"You have allegedly discussed this as a commercial proposition...and also set out that IPL would guarantee each county a minimum of USD 3-5 million per annum plus a staging fee of USD 1.5 million if the counties supported this idea," the BCCI notice said.

"You have allegedly offered a structured deal, by which the returns would be shared 80:20 between the franchises and the counties, a player model based on the IPL model and offered inducement to gather the rest of the county members to support your ideas and goad them to overpower their own governing bodies," it said.

"You have allegedly planted a seed of thought of players' revolt if the governing bodies of respective cricket boards do not allow them to participate in this extended version of IPL," it added.

"It challenges not just the authority of BCCI but also (that of) ECB and suggested that IPL would henceforth literally shift to the hands of the franchises and the respective national governing bodies would be forced to watch helplessly while the game and the power of administration are hijacked," Srinivasan said in the notice.