The Indian Cricket Board slamed at the former England great Ian Botham‘s criticism of the highly lucrative Indian Premier League, saying he had no rights to talk over IPL, and advised him to first get the facts correct before commenting the Twenty20 League.
“Let him get his facts correct first. He has asked how the other boards have allowed IPL to happen. The BCCI has distributed over ten million US dollars as compensation to the other cricket boards for allowing their players to play in the IPL,” expressed BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, when he was asked for his reaction to Botham’s statement during his MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s in London on September 3.
Talking to PTI, Patel questioned about the rights of Botham to comment over IPL and gently reminded the former England player of his relationship with disgraced Texas financier Allen Stanford who promised to set up a T20 League like IPL, but was put behind bars in USA instead for deceiving investors through a Ponzi scheme, putting an end to his T20 dream.
“I can still visualise the photo of Botham sitting in the front when Stanford went to England. And he has the temerity to talk about IPL. We don’t want his advice. We have enough top players like Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Kapil Dev and Rahul Dravid to advice us,” he remarked.