PtG Article 27.04.2010

Indian cricket board suspends IPL boss Modi

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Lalit Modi over corruption allegations.

BCCI president Shashank Manohar waited until after Sunday’s (April 25) IPL final to announce the suspension. Modi, who is being investigated by tax officials, denies all allegations of wrongdoing.

Manohar said: "The alleged acts of individual misdemeanours of Mr Lalit K Modi have brought a bad name to the administration of cricket and the game itself.” He added that Modi was suspended from "participating in the affairs of the board, the IPL, the working committee and any other committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India".

After its meeting in Mumbai (Bombay) on Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) spelled out the main accusations against Mr Modi.

It said they related to the initial bids for the Rajasthan and Punjab team franchises; the IPL's broadcasting deal; alleged bid rigging for two new franchises that will start next year; the IPL's internet rights and what was described as the behavioural pattern of Mr Modi.

The BCCI asked Mr Modi to reply to the allegations in 15 days, saying: "If Modi's reply convinces the members, proceedings will be dropped, so we will wait for his reply."