Modi tells of murder attempts

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 23, 2012

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Lalit Modi arrives at the domestic terminal in New Delhi, April 28, 2010
Lalit Modi believes that spot-fixing remains widespread © AFP
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Lalit Modi, the former chairman of the IPL, has claimed that he survived three assassination attempts for refusing to fix matches in the tournament.

Modi, who was sacked from the IPL in 2010 over allegations of corruption and money-laundering and now lives in London, has made the allegations in Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Heart of Cricket's Underworld written by the British journalist Ed Hawkins.

In Mumbai, in March 2009, Modi says: "There was a shoot-out outside my house and one guy got killed and one got picked up."

The other attempts, according to Modi, came in South Africa and Thailand and on each occasion he was warned that he was in danger by police or intelligence agencies.

Modi alleges that spot-fixing, in which cricketers fix a particular element of the game but not the overall result, is widespread: "Spot-fixing is rife in the game. And I'm talking globally. It's a Pandora's box. It's staring you straight in the face, but difficult to prove. Almost impossible to prove."

While he remained confident the IPL was clean he could not give 100% assurances and said there were times when he was concerned by certain incidents.

"I think it was clean, but I could never, sitting here today, categorically tell you that we picked up everything for spot-fixing, and that goes for all games, not just IPL. We had to warn players from time to time. We found undesirable elements in the stadium and removed them. We found them touring with players or managers of players who were in touch with bookmakers and we removed them."

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Posted by Haleos on (November 24, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

This guy is nothing but an attention seeker. He was just an administrator why does he think he needs to be in limelight all the time.

Posted by ZalimHK on (November 24, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

Now he speak, why these guys don,t show honesty when they are on the post , now he been kicked out of IPL he is justifying himself , where he himself under investigation n he is on run from Indian government.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

If indeed the attempts were made as Modi claims, it is a real shame that none of them were successful. A crook, if ever there was one.

Posted by Aristotle01 on (November 23, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

He is talking rot. He thinks he can gain sympathy by saying all this. Death threats are very common in the world of India Politics and public administration. As an Indian, I find this ridiculous. Even Guys like Baba Ramdev are gvien death threats. They arent really threats. Nothing ever happens. Dont worry Lalit:)

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

What a joke..but then what else can you expect?

Posted by MAK123 on (November 23, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

Look who's talking! Enough said!

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

How would Modi have fixed the games anyway? He would have had to go through the players, presumably, which the bad guys could have done themselves.

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