The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed it had received a mail from Lalit Modi in 2013 alleging corruption involving IPL stars. Cricket’s governing body also said that it had shared the information with the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit. In the ‘confidential’ mail that had surfaced on Twitter on Saturday, Modi had accused three senior members — two Indian and one West Indian — of a particular IPL franchise to have received Rs 60 crore from a real estate mogul in Mumbai. Modi had also claimed that the businessman had also gifted apartments to these cricketers.
“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 the time. The ACSU handled that information in accordance with its standard operating procedures, which included sharing it with the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit,” said an ICC spokesperson.
In the mail addressed to ICC CEO David Richardson, Modi writes regarding the alleged bribes being accepted by the IPL stars.
“3 players (names withheld) are in close contact with real estate tycoon (name withheld). He is also a big punter and also book maker. I had banned him from bidding for any IPL teams… Reliable sources have informed me that he has paid in cash and kind (flats) to the above three in tune of 20 cr each,” he writes. Modi also calls for a ‘close watch’ to be maintained on the real estate tycoon, accusing him of betting close to 10-20 million dollars per match.
Modi then took to Twitter to accuse BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, the board, and India Cements of deceiving the public. “Again these jokers in @BCCI @ICC @IPL #indiacements @ianuragthakur trying 2 hoodwink us all in regard to #illegal betting quantum,” he tweeted.