Mumbai, Feb 7: Lalit Modi, the man behind the prestigious Indian Premier League lashes out at BCCI as he feels Sahara pull out is a major blow while he also reveals truth about IPL and how things have changed after his reign during an interview to an English News Channel on Tuesday evening.
Modi's million dollar baby IPL is supposedly not the same as it was since its inception in 2008. He has revealed that many things have changed ever since his sacking and the latest BCCI-Sahara fall out has added to more woes.
"Sahara wouldn't have pulled out during my time. IPL was fair and open when I was in charge for the first 3 editions," Lalit Modi told CNN-IBN news channel from London on Tuesday evening.
He further added saying Sahara's fall out is a major blow to BCCI, as the cricketing board would lose Rs. 10,000 crore due to Sahara pull out. Also suggesting that if he was there, he wouldn't have allowed the auction, after Sahara's pull out.
Modi also said that IPL has undergone a lot of changes ever since his reign, as they have modified a couple of rules to favour teams like Chennai and Mumbai.
"IPL rules were modified to favour Chennai and Mumbai. The tie-breaker in the auction was a sham", says Modi.
He further slams the BCCI as there is no level playing field in IPL.
Lalit Modi reveals that he was arm-twisted to allow Flintoff sale to Chennai during the Auction.
"Flintoff auction was rigged for Chennai," said Modi
With many issues cropping up after Sahara-BCCI fall-out, BCCI needs to make things clear as there are a lot of issues related to IPL ever since the emotional statement sent by Sahara to BCCI an hour before the auction created a flutter.
There are a few questions to ponder.. With instances like Flintoff's sale to Chennai and the recent tie-breaker for Ravindra Jadeja in the auction that was held on Feb 4, 2012, does it mean that IPL rules were modified to favour a few teams?
The twist in events also question the administration, does it mean Lalit Modi handled the issues very well during the first three editions? While such questions crop up its basically the game that is hampered with such developments.