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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

ICL owners Essel await full disclosure of BCCI actions

MUMBAI: The officials of the now defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL) will like to wait for further revelations from former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi on how they scuttled the rebel league before announcing their next move. 

"Essel Sports Pvt. Ltd. - Promoters of the Indian Cricket League - ICL has received lot of queries on the recent disclosures made by a former member of the BCCI, openly admitting to having initiated various actions against the ICL operations," Himanshu Mody, Head, Group Finance and Strategy of Essel Group, was quoted as saying in a media release. 

"These revelations justify our position that the Twenty20 format was conceptualized and formulated for the betterment of Indian & World cricket by ICL & the Essel Group," Mody said. 

"We await the entire details to be made public as stated by the former BCCI official and will determine the next steps accordingly," he added. 

However, BCCI Chief Shashank Manohar rejected Modi's latest tirade against the Board and ridiculed him by saying that the former IPL Commissioner might fascinate the media but not him. 

"I don't want to react at all to Mr Modi. Modi seems to fascinate the media. He does not fascinate me," Manohar said from Nagpur. 

Modi, in his Twitter page, had alleged on Monday that the BCCI forced the International Cricket Council to change its constitution to outlaw the now defunct Indian Cricket League floated by the Essel Group. 

In a series of tweets, Modi, who was sacked as IPL Commissioner in April last year, disclosed that the BCCI had wanted ICL to shut shop at any cost and it flexed its muscle to ensure that ICC and the other Cricket Boards fell in line. 

"ICC set up a three member committee with me, Giles Clarke President ECB and Norman Arendse President CSA to draft the new constitution. BCCI called every member of ICC to ensure that they all help in changing the ICC constitution to outlaw ICL," Modi wrote on his 'Twitter' page. 

"ICC used Bird and Bird a UK-based law firm to ensure Regulations to stop ICL was made consistent Globally," he added.
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