While The International Cricket Council (ICC) acknowledged that its chief executive, David Richardson had received a letter from Mumbai-based ousted IPL commissioner Lalit Modi accusing Raina, Jadeja, Bravo, playing on the Chennai Super Kings IPL team, of accepting bribes, the BCCI gave a clean chit to all three.
Lalit Modi in his June 2013 letter had alleged that a Mumbai-based builder had made lavish gifts, in cash and kind, amounting to Rs 60 crore to three international cricketers, “Three players, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and Suresh Raina, are in close contact with real estate tycoon Baba Diwan of HDIL. Reliable sources have informed me that he has paid in cash and kind (flats) to the above three in tune of Rs 20 crore each.”
Confirming the receipt of that letter, ICC had issued a statement saying, “The ICC confirms that Mr Modi’s confidential email, which was received in June 2013, and which has recently been published on Twitter, was provided to the ACSU at the time. The ACSU handled the information in accordance with its standard operating procedures, which included sharing it with BCCI’s anti-corruption unit.”
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur however dismissed the contents of the letter saying, “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.”
He added that “The ICC has sent a press release; they had informed BCCI about the three players. When somebody plays international cricket, the ICC is responsible. Only the ICC can answer as per their investigations. It falls under ICC’s purview. They have said that they are enquiring, so only they can answer on this. If there was anything, they could have reported back to us.”
The ICC is currently investigating the issue since the institution is responsible for monitoring international cricketers while BCCI ACSU’s jurisdiction is domestic tournaments and players. Former BCCI ACSU chief Ravi Sawani made it clear that he “wouldn’t like to comment on the internal affairs of the ACSU. His (Dewan) company is a sponsor with one of the franchises in IPL. That is all that I can tell you.”