Mumbai: The Indian cricket Board on Friday rubbished former England great Ian Botham's criticism of the highly lucrative Indian Premier League, saying he had no locus standi, and advised him to first get his facts right before commenting on the Twenty20 League.
"Let him get his facts correct first. He has asked how the other boards have allowed IPL to happen. The BCCI has distributed over ten million US dollars as compensation to the other cricket boards for allowing their players to play in the IPL," fumed BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, when asked for his reaction to Botham's statement made at the annual MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's in London on September 3.
"How on earth did the IPL own the best players in the world for two months a year and not pay a penny to the boards who brought these players into the game?" Botham had queried about the League that has revolutionised world cricket by offering players amounts of money undreamt of previously. (Also read: India can defend World Cup title, says Gavaskar)