2012

India Today - - COVER STORY -

OC­TO­BER

BCCI ter­mi­nates Dec­can Charg­ers and en­chases bank guar­an­tee af­ter they fail to pay play­ers.

JULY

RCB de­lay the last in­stal­ment of play­ers’ fees.

OC­TO­BER

known for his twirled mous­tache and rip­pling mus­cles. Roy’s team, jolted into ac­tion by the Delhi sleuths ex­pos­ing a bookie racket that was con­sid­ered their do­main, are hint­ing that the money trail could lead to top Bol­ly­wood stars, in­flu­en­tial for­mer crick­eters, and to the high­est rung of a com­pro­mised BCCI.

The IPL’s ar­chi­tect and de­posed chair­man Lalit Modi, who hasn’t re­turned from Lon­don since 2010 when fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­ity charges were lev­elled against him by the In­come Tax Depart­ment and the En­force­ment Direc­torate, is now preen­ing that the tour­na­ment has gone to the dogs since his ouster. “When I was IPL com­mis­sioner, I was wrongly ac­cused of hav­ing a per­sonal in­ter­est in an IPL fran­chise and cas­ti­gated for it. The cur­rent pres­i­dent is the undis­puted owner of Chen­nai Su­per Kings and it doesn’t seem to mat­ter. No won­der peo­ple are los­ing faith in the prod­uct in ev­ery cor­ner,” he told IN­DIA TO­DAY from his Sloane Street man­sion, play­ing very much the mar­tyr. He later used Twit­ter, his favourite mode of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, to say Vin­doo’s ar­rest was the “tip of the ice­berg”.

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