ICC probing Lalit Modi’s bribery accusations: Anurag Thakur

Kolkata, July 4 (IANS) Noting the International Cricket Council (ICC) was probing former cricket administrator Lalit Modi’s bribery accusations against three cricketers including Suresh Raina, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Saturday said the Indian cricket authorities can react only after a formal intimation from world cricket’s governing body.

Speaking to media persons here, Thakur also said the newly-formed cricket advisory committee consisting of legends Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, will take a call on deciding the appointment of the Indian team’s coach.

“ICC under its jurisdiction, is probing the matter but they have not yet come out with any formal report. So far they have not informed us anything on that. We (the Board of Control for Cricket in India) can react only after getting a formal intimation,” he said.

On the issue of appointing the coach for Indian team, Thakur said: “The cricket advisory committee is looking into this. If any name is picked that will be shared.”

Asked to comment if Australian Tom Moody was in the race, he said: “If any name, be it the physio, coach or trainer, is picked, it will be shared by the cricket advisory committee. They will take a call on that.”

Lalit Modi has alleged that Indian cricketers 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.

In a series of tweets, he also alleged that real estate tycoon Baba Diwan of HDIL.com had given apartments to the players in addition to money to the tune of Rs. 20 crore each.

Modi also said when he was the IPL chief he “had banned him (Diwan) from bidding for any IPL team” and 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.

He also posted a letter which he claimed he wrote to International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson in June 2013, passing on all the information and urging him to act upon it.

The ICC on Sunday acknowledged having received Modi’s confidential e-mail and sharing it with the Indian cricket board’s anti-corruption unit.

The 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.

Raina has rubbished allegations and said he is mulling legal action against Modi.

Thakur also rubbished suggestions of a communication gap with BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.

“From day one we have been working very well. After every selection meeting, we have been interacting with the media. There is coordination between us and we keep on issuing press statement after meeting. All these (communication gap stories) are rumours,” he said.

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