New Delhi, Jun 27: Controversial former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi has now alleged that two leading Indian cricketers and a West Indian player had been bribed by an Indian real estate tycoon, who is also a bookmaker.
London-based Modi tweeted a letter he claims to have written to International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Dave Richardson in June 2013, passing on "some information that I have just got."
Modi has named 3 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) players Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo in his letter who he claims were in close contact with the real estate tycoon who was also named in the letter.
He told Richardson that he could pass the same to the anti-corruption and security unit of the ICC if he thought so fit.
Modi stated that he had been informed by "reliable sources" that the tycoon had paid in cash and kind to the three players.
He concluded by saying that "I hope this is not true but if true it could mean more are involved."
The letter was tagged in a tweet by one Shyam Swami (@shyamswami158) late on Friday night. Swami tagged Modi in the tweet, asking him what he had to say about it and what the ICC's response to it had been. "This is shocking," Swami's tweet said.
Lalit Modi replied to the tweet soon through his Twitter account, telling him that he should ask the ICC, BCCI and IPL about the letter. 'Ask @Icc @Bcci @Ipl why ask me. This is highly confidential. You should not be tweeting this', Modi said.
As per a TOI report, the letter says, "Hi David, wanted to pass onto you some information that I have just got. You may want to pass to ACSU (ICC's anti-corruption unit) if you think fit...Three players (names are disclosed in the tweet) are in close contact with real estate tycoon (name and company mentioned in tweet). He is also a big punter and bookmaker. I had banned him from bidding for any IPL teams. He is further a close friend of Guru and Raj Kundra...Reliable sources have informed me that he has paid in cash and kind (flats) to the above three in the tune of Rs 20 crore each."
The letter talks of one cricketer being gifted a property in south Delhi, another in Mumbai's posh western suburbs and the third, it states, was paid in cash.
(With inputs from agencies)