According to a report published in the Indian Express, Indian batsman Suresh Raina was initially named as the captain for the recently concluded tour of Zimbabwe in which India won the three match ODI series 3-0 and drew the 2 match Twenty20 series 1-1. But eventually, fellow middle-order bat Ajinkya Rahane was named as the skipper of the second string side that toured the African nation skipper.
According to the report, the decision to name Rahane as skipper was changed after an intervention of a top BCCI official. It was also revealed that the BCCI officials were not keen on Raina being named as the skipper after his name was popped out in the E-Mail that was sent from Lalit Modi to ICC CEO Dave Richardson. The mail accused Raina along with his Chennai Super Kings teammates Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo to have involved in match-fixing and had accepted favours from an Indian real estate tycoon.
The Indian selectors met on June 29 to select the team for Zimbabwe, just two days after Modi’s email to ICC CEO David Richardson became public. The report further says that the BCCI selection committee had no answer when a board official asked them not to name Raina as the captain.
Raina had rejected Modi’s allegations that he accepted bribes from a real estate tycoon and said he was considering legal action against the former IPL commissioner.
In the wake of recent media reports about me, I would like to make my fans around the world aware and clear the air that I have always played the game in right spirit and with utmost integrity, Raina said in a statement.
Lalit Modi, who is currently in London, tweeted a letter he claimed to have written to International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Dave Richardson in June 2013. The ICC acknowledged receiving the letter from Modi but gave the cricketers a clean chits saying that no evidence was found against them. The BCCI also effectively gave a clean chit to the players.