New Delhi:A fresh controversy that has hit the Indian Premier League shows that BCCI secretary N Srinivasan and former IPL chief Lalit Modi worked in cohoots to rig the auction in the second season.
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.
BCCI secretary and Chennai Super Kings franchise owner N Srinivasan on Thursday rubbished reports that he tried to 'fix' the IPL 2009 player auction and insisted that he won the bid "fair and square".
"I have not manipulated the auction purse. We bought out Kapugedera hence had money left to buy Flintoff. Regarding Pollard, we followed the rules. Nothing was done outside the IPL rule book", he said.
Srinivasan further said he didn't do anything wrong and his franchise outbid Rajasthan Royals as only they had the full purse of USD 2 million.
"I didn't need anybody's favour. Rajasthan Royals bid for USD 1.5m for Flintoff, I beat them at USD 1.55m. So where is the deal? How can I have any deal? How can Modi have control of Shane Warne unless he is the owner of the Rajasthan Royals," he said.
"Hundred per cent I'm telling you, we did nothing wrong. We won fair and square. We were the only one who could have bought only player because I had the full purse. I didn't need anybody's favour," he added.
"The Chennai Super Kings is the only team which had the 2 million in the purse. Everybody else had less, so we didn't need anybody's favour to buy Flintoff," he added.
A TV report on Wednesday quoted an email purportedly written by Modi to Srinivasan, which read "what a nightmare to convince them not to terminate (Sohail) Tanvir and also not to take Flintoff. Warne went off the handle. But have managed it by using stick and carrot strategy. Thus they have USD 1.875mn. Much love Lalit".
This is not the first time that Srinivasan has found himself in a controversy. A few days back, the BCCI secretary was accused of 'fixing' umpires for Chennai Super Kings matches during the IPL.
(With PTI inputs)