The Indian cricket board received no adverse report from the International Cricket Council regarding the three players who have been accused of accepting bribes from an Indian businessman by former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said on Monday.
The BCCI did not constitute an inquiry because all three were international players and fell under the ICC jurisdiction,” Thakur said, adding, “The ICC has no information against these players and with nothing against them it is a clean chit for these players,” Thakur said at a media briefing.
Thakur also confirmed to The Indian Express: “There is no mention of the IPL in the communication (between Modi and the ICC) and these are international players so they fall in the ICC jurisdiction.” Thakur also added that the BCCI had followed up the case with the ICC but that ‘there is nothing in the ICC report’. “If there is nothing in the ICC it is a clean chit. If ICC has not reported any of that (bribes) it means it was a clean chit.”
The ICC had on Sunday hinted that it had found no evidence against the three cricketers, when in a statement it said, “The ACSU handled that information in accordance with its standard operating procedures, which included sharing it with the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit.”
The PTI reported on Monday that reliable sources said had there been any wrongdoing, the world body ‘s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit would have opened an inquiry.
“If the ACSU had found any evidence against the three players, then it would have charged them for breaching the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code. If this has not happened in two years and the players are still playing international and domestic cricket, this clearly means that there is no evidence that warrants a charge,” said the sources.
“The matter can be reopened as and when new supporting evidence is provided but, but as of now, there is no charge against the cricketers. It is now up to the three cricketers to file damages against Lalit Modi, who has questioned their integrity by shooting an email to the International Cricket Council, demanding investigation.”
Sources said the cricketers need to decide their next course of action after damage was caused to their reputations due to Modi’s allegations. “This is an extremely serious allegation and the cricketers need to act to get their names cleared once and for ever,” sources said.
The sources further said the ICC had investigated the matter in 2013 because the email didn’t refer the allegations to IPL or international cricket. Because the email didn’t specify the level of cricket, the ICC took it as international cricket and investigated the matter as diligently as it does with any other probe,” sources said.
“The four pillars of the ICC ACSU are: education, prevention, investigation and prosecution. After the education bit, the ICC ACSU updated the BCCI that it had investigated its cricketers. This has has confirmed in by the ICC its response. The reality of the situation is the email had raised ‘concerns’. Unfortunately, on the basis of ‘concerns’ or ‘suspicions’, charges cannot be laid. We are dealing with cricketers of international repute and I am sure that ICC will want to have rock-solid evidence before taking the extreme route.”