Banned former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi has blamed Team India and Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for being involved in a cover-up for Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan and his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was indicted Monday by the Supreme Court-instituted Justice Mudgal committee report for direct involvement in an IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal that rocked the sport last year.
Modi told a leading English news channel that Dhoni was trying to shield former CSK team principal Meiyappan and that the franchisee needed to be annulled immediately. According to clause 11.3 of the IPL franchise rules, CSK face immediate termination. "Dhoni is also involved in the cover-up. Nothing moves in IPL and Chennai Super Kings without Srinivasan, and he has his men planted in every franchisee. Srinivasan has gagged every player, every BCCI official," he said. (Probe judge's London visit was secretly surveyed: Modi)
In a separate interview to NDTV on Monday, Modi had said that it was just the tip of the iceberg as far as the IPL spot-fixing matter was concerned and that the BCCI chief had a perfect plan in place while putting all the blame on his son-in-law Meiyappan, adding that there was much more to this story. (This is only the tip of the iceberg, let the IPL probe continue: Modi)