Bengaluru, Aug 8: Indian batsman Suresh Raina "lost" ODI captaincy before it could come to him and was also "rested" for the tour of Zimbabwe after former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi's e-mail to the International Cricket Council (ICC), a newspaper report said on Saturday.
In a letter to ICC CEO David Richardson, Modi had claimed that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) players Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo had received cash and flats from a real estate tycoon.
However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had given a clean chit to Raina against these allegations. Even the left-handed batsman himself had issued a statement calling Modi's allegations as "false" and was "figuring out legal rights to take right steps ahead".
"I have never been involved in any wrong doing and all allegations against me are false. Playing cricket is my passion for whichever team I have represented. I'm also figuring out my legal rights to take the right steps ahead in this matter," Raina had said last month.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, after the Indian squad to Zimbabwe was selected on June 29, had said, "Lalit Modi had written a letter to ICC, so they informed BCCI about the letter. The three players are international players and fall under the international jurisdiction. There is no information on these players from ICC so far, so it is in a way a clean chit for them to play."
Today (August 8), "The Indian Express" newspaper reported that Raina was initially selected as the captain for Zimbabwe tour but had to be rested due to Modi's letter, after a top BCCI official intervened. The selectors had sent a second-string side to the African nation while resting MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and others.
The selection committee, under the chairmanship of Sandeep Patil, had picked the squad for 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is on June 29. They made a surprise choice of Ajinkya Rahane as captain. Now it has emerged from the report that the Mumbai batsman was not the original choice for captaincy.