India's IPL conundrum: N. Srinivasan, Lalit Modi, Shah Rukh Khan, more

Apr 05 2014, 16:17 IST
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SummaryIPL is cricket's most lucrative competition, which pays players exorbitantly high salaries in a shortened, 'disco' form of the game.

details on his Twitter account about the ownership of one of the two new clubs, questioning why a large stake in the $330 million Kochi franchise was given to a group that included a friend of India's junior foreign minister, Shashi Tharoor.

Tharoor resigned, but denied any wrong doing. There were calls for a parliamentary inquiry, and India's taxation authorities launched an investigation.

Modi denies all charges. He lives abroad, and has a case still before the Indian courts. Despite his exile, he still supports the underlying concept of the IPL but is among the biggest critics of the current leadership regime.

He supported Manohar's call for the 2014 IPL to be abandoned, saying if a proper investigation had been launched last year when the latest match-fixing allegations broke ''we would have been on a better wicket today.''

''All the more critical to conduct a meticulous probe and ensure all the culprits are punished so that this generation ... (is) able to view the gentleman's game without an iota of doubt or suspicion,'' Modi said. ''It is critical that this happens ... so that the game is able to retain its popularity and the billions of viewers that worship the game."

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