Bangalore: Lalit Modi, the former IPL commissioner, has said that the sale of Andrew Flintoff to the Chennai Super Kings during the 2009 player auction was rigged and that he "should have not allowed that to happen." Modi also claimed that the exclusion of Pakistan players from the IPL from the second season in 2009 was because of "arm-twisting" by BCCI officials.
When contacted by ESPNcricinfo, IPL and BCCI officials said they did not wish to respond to Modi's comments.
"Flintoff auction was rigged. I made it clear that time. That onus was on me and as chairman I should have not allowed that to happen then," Modi said. "I was arm-twisted to allow Andrew Flintoff to go to Chennai Super Kings. I'm to blame for that. It's a fact."