New Delhi:After being rocked by charges of financial irregularities, the Indian Premier League was on Wednesday hit by a fresh controversy with a report claiming that the players' auction in 2009 was fixed.
According to letters in possession of NDTV, Chennai Super Kings' owner and BCCI secretary N Srinivasan and suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi could have been involved in ensuring specific players for the Chennai franchise.
The two, who are now sworn enemies it seems colluded to rig the bidding process for the 2nd IPL auction. Lalit Modi, on a request from Srinivasan, got the Rajasthan Royals to opt out of bidding for Andrew Flintoff even though captain Shane Warne was very keen on having him.
Flintoff was eventually sold to the Super Kings.
The letters also suggest that Srinivasan used his good offices with Modi and had his bidding purse of 1.85 million dollars increased to 2 million.
The Chennai franchise, owned by Indian Cements, has denied any wrongdoing and said all these reports were "deliberate attempt to tarnish Chennai Super Kings and Indian Cements image".
"When we won Flintoff in the bid where is the question of malpractice?" the spokesman questioned.
(With PTI inputs)