We owe no answer to anyone, is what Lalit Modi and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty have to say on the IPL auction where no Pakistani player was bid for earlier this week.
While the issue has taken a political hue in Pakistan, IPL chief Lalit Modi has emphatically said: “The owners and only the owners have the prerogative If the owners don’t pick them up, what can I do?
Modi, whose effigies have been burnt in Pakistan, said while announcing the IPL schedule that, “I was always hopeful that the Pakistanis would be selected This has nothing to do with the IPL I am not a super selector.”
Clearly irked, Modi asked: “Why should we get into this issue of apologizing or not apologizing. IPL has put its best for forward and included the best players. Why aren’t you saying I should apologize to Canada and Netherlands and Australia and Zimbabwe whose players were not picked up?”
At another press conference earlier on Friday, actress Shipla Shetty said not bidding for the Pakistani players “was not a contrived attempt. We lost out on the best players. We don’t owe any explanation anyway.”
She also requested the people of India and Pakistan to act maturely, saying, “Things have been taken out of proportion.”
Shilpa added, “It was not a contrived attempt. We lost out on the best players. We don’t owe any explanation anyway.” The Pakistan issue was clearly not a popular topic at this forum.
Modi accused the media of being the reason for “such a furore.” “You’ve written enough about this. You can continue writing. This is not a Pakistan related presser. I want to clarify. We don’t owe an explanation. We request people in Pakistan and India to respond maturely. I’m not answering any Pakistan related question. This is not a Pakistan forum,” he said.