New Delhi: BCCI president Shashank Manohar on Saturday charged suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi of lying about the alleged auction fixing of Andrew Flintoff for the Chennai Super Kings and said “influence doesn’t work in IPL player auctions”.
Manohar told CNN-IBN, “Whatever Lalit Modi has said is a lie. I can show you the footage of the auction and the documents too.”
Manohar was reacting to an expose by CNN-IBN on Wednesday wherein the channel had accessed e-mails that suggested Chennai Super Kings’ owner and BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan could have been involved in ensuring Flintoff for the Chennai franchise in unison with Modi.
Just two days before the 2009 IPL auction, Lalit Modi wrote to Srinivasan, assuring him that he had convinced the Rajasthan Royals and their captain Shane Warne not to bid for Flintoff.
Modi wrote – “What a nightmare to convince them not to terminate Tanveer and also not to take Flintoff. Warne went of the handle. But have managed it by using stick and carrot strategy. Thus they have 1.875 million dollars only. Much love Lalit.”
To which Srinivasan replied on the same day: “Thanks. You are most sweet. Srini”
Two days later, Flintoff was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for a whopping $ 1.55 million, making him the IPL’s most expensive player, alongside Kevin Pietersen.