Mumbai/Nagpur: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday acknowledged having received former cricket administrator Lalit Modi’s confidential e-mail — in which he accused three international players of being involved in betting — and sharing 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 it dealt with it in accordance with its procedures.
Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Lalit Modi alleged on Saturday that Indian cricketers Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and West Indian Dwayne Bravo had taken bribes from a bookie who was also a builder. The three are all members of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.
Modi claimed through a series of tweets on Saturday that real estate tycoon of HDIL.co Baba Diwan had given apartments to the 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.
A report published on the Times of India said that the ICC confirmed receiving the email and shared the details with BCCI’s anti-corruption unit at that time. The report quotes a letter from Lalit Modi that surfaced on social media which said, “Three players, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and Suresh Raina, are in close contact with real estate tycoon Baba Diwan of HDIL. Reliable sources have informed me that he has paid in cash and kind (flats) to the above three in tune of Rs 20 crore each.”
The TOI report also added that the players mentioned in Modi’s letter being international cricketers and there was no mention of IPL, it was left to the ICC to investigate the allegations, according to Former BCCI ACSU chief Ravi Sawani.