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IPL auctions rigged, CNN-IBN exposed in 2010

Post  ridoy24 on Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:26 am

IPL auctions rigged, CNN-IBN exposed in 2010

New Delhi: A year and a half back, on 25th August 2010 CNN-IBN broke the story of how IPL bosses conspired to fix the sale of Andrew Flintoff in the second IPL auction. At that point of time both Chennai Super Kings which bought England allrounder Flintoff and then former IPL-Chief Lalit Modi denied the story then, but in a shocking revelation Modi on Tuesday finally admitted to CNN-IBN that the rules were tweaked to allow Flintoff to remains with Chennai.

Modi in an exclusive interview on Tuesday said, "All players were supposed to go back to the auction after the first three years but that did not happen. I was arm-twisted into allowing Flintoff to stay with the Chennai team. The retention clause was not my idea. I had created a level playing field."

CNN-IBN had accessed an e-mail that suggested Srinivasan may have been involved in pre-determining player auctions in 2009. On 4th February 2009, just 2 days before the auction, Modi wrote to Srinivasan, assuring him that he had convinced the Rajasthan Royals and their captain Shane Warne not to bid for Flintoff.

Modi in an email to BCCI President wrote, "What a nightmare to convince them not to terminate Tanveer and also not to take Flintoff. Warne went of the handle. But have managed it by using stick and carrot strategy. Thus they have 1.875 million dollars only. Much love Lalit."

To which Srinivasan had replied on the same day, "Thanks. You are most sweet. Srini."

Two days later on 6th February, Flintoff was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for a whopping 1.55 million dollars, making him the IPL's most expensive player then, alongside Kevin Pietersen.

This is not the only point which proves that IPL auctions might have been rigged. It's not the only potential "conflict of interest" involving Srinivasan. At the 2010 auction, Chennai Super Kings also made bid for West Indies allrounder and T20 specialist Kieron Pollard and lost him to the Mumbai Indians.

CNN-IBN also showed the documents that suggested that current BCCI President tried to prevent Pollard from playing for Mumbai While the WI cricket Board gave a letter of No Objection for Pollard to play in the IPL, Srinivasan raised concerns about his eligibility.

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