ICC confirms having received Lalit Modi's 'confidential' email

Dipayan Saha / 29 June 2015

International Cricket CounciI (ICC) had confirmed on Sunday that they indeed received a highly ‘confidential’ email from former IPL tzar Lalit Modi in which he accused three international players of being involved in betting and was planning to share it with the Indian cricket board’s anti-corruption unit.

ICC said the information was also provided to its Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and the all the procedures were to be followed accordingly.

Lalit Modi alleged on Saturday that Indian cricketers Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and West Indian Dwayne Bravo had taken bribes from a bookie. Interestingly all three of them are associated to IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, which has already been linked to betting scandals.

Modi claimed through a series of tweets on Saturday that real estate tycoon of HDIL.co Baba Diwan had given apartments to the three players in addition to money.

He said when he was the IPL chief he “had banned him (Baba) from bidding for any IPL team”.

Modi claimed that Diwan was a good friend of Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, who have been implicated in the 2013 IPL betting and match fixing case by the Supreme Court.

Modi also posted a letter which he claimed he wrote to ICC CEO Dave Richardson in June 2013, passing all the information and urging him to act upon it.

None of the three cricketers named by Modi have so far been interrogated or spoken to by either the BCCI or the ICC.

“The ICC confirms that Mr Modi’s confidential e-mail, which was received in June 2013, and which has recently been published on Twitter, was provided to the ACSU at the time. The ACSU handled that information in accordance with its standard operating procedures, which included sharing it with the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit.”

The ICC said it won’t make any further comment in the matter.

Earlier on Sunday, Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma shot off a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) seeking clarification on allegations against the three international cricketers’ involvement in “illegal things”.

Verma addressed his letter to Richardson, urging him to save the integrity and credibility of ICC.

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