The IPL mess

Give Modi a fair trial - Bindra

Cricinfo staff

April 29, 2010

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Ticket troubles

  • Nari Contractor, the former India captain, was not allowed to enter the DY Patil Stadium for the IPL final last Sunday, as he didn't possess the badge supposed to accompany the ticket given to him by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). Contractor told Cricinfo that the tickets were given to the MCA by the IPL organisers, but without the badges, leading to the embarrassment.
  • Lalchand Rajput, the joint-secretary of the MCA, said the matter will be taken up during the BCCI's working committee meeting on May 2. "It needed my personal call to IPL CEO Sundar Raman before they were allowed in after a long wait, but Contractor had, by then, returned home. I did not know he had gone back till he informed me about it the next day," he was quoted as saying by PTI. "The matter will be taken up at the Board's Working Committee meeting."

IS Bindra, a member of the IPL governing council and the ICC's chief adviser, has called for a fair trial for Lalit Modi, suspended on charges of financial impropriety, and criticised the BCCI and the media for the manner in which Modi was targeted. Modi was suspended by the Indian board shortly after the IPL final on April 25, and was given 15 days to respond to the charges levelled at him.

Bindra while claiming he was not defending Modi, referred to him as the "hero of the IPL" and credited him for India's envied standing and clout in international cricket. "Let us not forget that everyone is entitled to a fair trial," Bindra was quoted by PTI as saying. "I can opine with conviction that part of the blame lies with our own cricketing fraternity for being an instrument in leaking all kinds of unconfirmed reports without veracity or merit.

"The media has been ready with the guillotine to hang the hero of the IPL. He has been accused of match fixing, rigging of bids, laundering of money, and all kinds of allegations pertaining to financial irregularities and dealings based on unsubstantiated evidence.

"It was due to the marketing genius of a maverick - Lalit Modi - that Indian cricket finally emerged as a colossus in the international firmament in terms of reach and financial clout. Indian cricket became the epicenter of world cricket and the envy of the cricketing fraternity during this key phase."

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