Former head of the Indian cricket board (BCCI), Lalit Modi, has stirred a few words, this time in favour of ZEE Network’s now defunt T20 series – Indian Cricket League (ICL).
“BCCI arm twisted every cricket board and ICC to change there constitution. The constitution of every board was changed and ICC made ICL redundant by its act – by making it unauthorised cricket. Worldwide anti competition laws were studied and finally though against most Laws – the ICC changed there constitution to protect its members,” Modi said.
He clarified his stance, saying that when you work for an organisation – and it gives you a mandate to do something then – its one’s job to do that to the best of his ability.
“Yes I was part of the BCCI when we scuttled ICL. That was the mandate of the organisation. It was not my personal agenda. I have no personal issues with ICL. I am of the personal opinion that more competition in the game is good for the game and its players. I have always done what’s required by any organization I have worked with. Well I guess I do my job well. That’s why I give results,” Modi wrote.
He added that BCCI was afraid of Subhash Chandra’s clout in media and ability to take over the world of cricket. “Internally we knew he would do a better job,” Modi added.
Finally, he added that it was a “mistake to have systematically used everything in BCCI’s arsenal to finish ICL”.
“Yes, we as BCCI called all and sundry to oppose ICL. Cricket associations were told not to give there grounds or fear loosing matches. Players were told do not play for ICL or we will black list you. This then BCCI had to implement through change of constitution. BCCI even terminated ZEE Sports contract unfairly as they had launched ICL and BCCI wanted window for IPL., Which I am told is in court now. The final straw was to offer ICL players an amnesty scheme so that they would desert ICL and join IPL. Commentators were called and told do not associate with ICL or BCCI will ensure we will not take you. Umpires were told the same. It was systematically done.”
However, BCCI chief Shashank Manohar refused to react on Modi۪s allegations. “I don’t want to react at all to Mr Modi. Modi seems to fascinate the media. He does not fascinate me,” Manohar said.