BCCI Gives Clean Chit to 3 Players Modi Accused of Taking Bribes

Speaking to the media in Delhi, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur explained the BCCI’s strange stand on the issue.

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BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur(R) with President Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata in May. (Photo: PTI)

BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur announced on Monday that the board has gives “a clean chit” to the three international cricketers, who were accused of accepting bribes from a Mumbai-based businessman, as reported by former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said “there is nothing in it”, when asked about the ICC acknowledging a letter from Modi in June 2013, claiming that Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo were paid in cash and kind to the tune of Rs 20 crore each.

No Information From ICC = Clean Chit

When asked about the status of the investigations in the allegations made by Lalit Modi in his letter, board Secretary Anurag Thakur passed the buck by simply stating that the ICC on it’s part had not reacted to the letter, which meant the players had been cleared.

The three players are international players and fall under the international jurisdiction. There is no information on these players from ICC so far, so it is in a way a clean chit for them to play.
Anurag Thakur, BCCI Secretary

“The ICC had informed BCCI about the three players. When somebody plays international cricket, the ICC is responsible. Only the ICC can answer as per their investigations. It falls under ICC’s purview. They have said that they are enquiring, so only they can answer on this. If there was anything, they could have reported back to us,” he said further on the controversial issue.

Lalit Modi. (Courtesy:<a href="https://twitter.com/lalitkmodi"> Lalit Modi’s Twitter Page</a>)
Lalit Modi. (Courtesy: Lalit Modi’s Twitter Page)

ICC Acknowledged Modi’s Letter on Sunday

After Lalit Modi released the email he sent to the ICC in 2013 on twitter last week, the ICC released a statement on Sunday confirming his email.

“The ICC confirms that Mr Modi’s confidential e-mail, which was received in June 2013, and which has recently been published on Twitter, was provided to the ACSU at that time. The ACSU handled that information in accordance with its standard operating procedures, which included sharing it with the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit,” it said.

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