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Lalit Modi slams BCCI for 'mess' over Kochi ouster

September 20, 2011 19:04 IST

Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has again fired a salvo at BCCI bigwigs Sashank Manohar and president N Srinivasan for the "mess" created due to the termination of IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Monday terminated the Kochi franchise's IPL contract because of non-payment of bank guarantee.

"Kochi now being terminated -- a further loss of 1500 crores to BCCI. Compounded by reduction in Media Rights. My estimate 2000 crores. Who is responsible for this mess now? Current President and outgoing President for sure. Who will they blame now for this. Where is the accountability and who will take responsibility," Modi posted on his Twitter page.

Terming himself a self-proclaimed whistle blower about the shady dealing related to Kochi, Modi wrote in his blog: "Now, 18 months later, the BCCI has terminated the Kochi contract on the basis of an unpaid bank guarantee which, according to new President, N. Srinivasan, "....is not capable of being remedied.

"As a consequence, the BCCI now stands to lose more than US $300 million by virtue of reduced commercial revenue because Kochi's suspension means fewer teams and therefore games -- not to mention a loss of credibility for the IPL itself."

Modi said he now wants to know who will own the responsibility for the mess.

"It is a situation that could have been avoided but what it shows is that the unsubstantiated accusations made against me suggesting I imposed 'onerous' conditions purely to try and manipulate the bidding process towards my preferred bidders has been shot to pieces."