NEW DELHI -- The International Cricket Council's chief executive David Richardson has confirmed that he had received a letter from the former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, containing information about three cricketers accepting bribes from a real estate magnate in Mumbai.
The Times of India report suggests that the ICC and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were both aware of Modi's letter, but they passed the buck on investigating the allegations against two Indian cricketers Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina, and one West Indian, Dwayne Bravo.
Modi, who is at the centre of a raging controversy involving External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, revealed a letter that he had written as IPL commissioner, which said that Jadeja, Bravo and Raina had received money and gifts from Baba Diwan of HDIL.
"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," the letter said.
On Sunday, an ICC spokesperson confirmed to The Times Of India that Richardson had received the letter.
"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," an ICC spokesperson said.
On Twitter, Modi said when he was the IPL chief he "had banned him (Baba) from bidding for any IPL teams," IANS reported.
But chief Ravi Sawani, who was heading the ACSU (Anti Corruption and Security Unit) at the time, said that it was the ICC's responsibility to investigate the allegations.
"The players mentioned in Modi's letter are international cricketers. The BCCI ACSU only looks into domestic tournaments and players. ICC's ACSU chief YP Singh said that they would be looking into the issue. Since Modi had not mentioned anything about the IPL in his letter, we did not pursue it," Sawani told TOI.
Sawani also told the newspaper that Diwan's company is a sponsor with one of the franchises in IPL.
All three players mentioned in Modi's letter play for the Chennai Super Kings franchise, which is owned by Modi's cricket administrator nemesis and current ICC President N Srinivasan's India Cements Limited.