In a startling revelation, former Indian cricket team fast bowler Praveen Kumar disclosed that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was not his preferred choice during the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). His reluctance to join RCB, and subsequent attempt to express his preference for Delhi Daredevils, allegedly led to a severe threat from the then IPL commissioner, Lalit Modi.
During an interaction with Lallantop, Praveen shared that he initially wanted to join Delhi Daredevils due to its proximity to his hometown of Meerut. However, he unintentionally signed a contract with RCB, thinking it was a paper from an RCB official. When Praveen communicated his desire to play for Delhi Daredevils to Lalit Modi, he claimed that the IPL commissioner threatened to end his cricket career.
“I did not want to play for RCB because Bangalore was quite far away from my place, I didn’t know English, and the food was not to my liking. Delhi is quite close to Meerut, which would have allowed me to travel to my home once in a while. However, there was a person who made me sign a paper. I did not know it was the contract. I told them I wanted to play for Delhi and not Bangalore. Lalit Modi called me and threatened to end my career,” Praveen revealed during the interview.
The shocking revelation highlights the complexities and challenges players may face in the backdrop of contractual obligations and franchise selections during the early seasons of the IPL. Praveen Kumar’s experience sheds light on the high-stakes environment surrounding the cricketing extravaganza and the impact it could have on players’ careers.
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