New Delhi: The Indian cricket board on Monday gave “clean chit” to the three international cricketers whom former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi accused of accepting bribes, in cash and kind, from an Indian businessman.
“Since the three named are international players, they fall under the purview of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) jurisdiction. Thee ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) has investigated the matter and it is up to them to answer on what came out,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur said here.
“If there had been anything in the ICC’s investigations, they would have got back to us. Since there has been no follow-up from them (ICC), it is in a way a clean chit to the players.”
Modi, in a letter to ICC chief executive David Richardson in October 2013, claimed that Indian cricketers Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and West Indian Dwayne Bravo, all of whom play for IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), received houses and cash from an Indian businessman, also an alleged bookie.
“The follow-up is that there is nothing. If there is nothing from the ICC on it, it has to be a clean chit. The jurisdiction was under the ICC because they are international players. And if they have conducted an inquiry, they will be able to say something on the outcome of the ICC inquiry,” said Thakur.
The ICC on Sunday acknowledged having received Modi’s confidential e-mail in which he accused the three of taking bribes. 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.