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Missing Line: Lalit Modi's Take on Betting and the IPL Team Auction

Playthings Episode 5: ICC T20 World Cup update -- India Out of the tournament; Pakistan take on Australia, New Zealand vs England in semifinals | Lalit Modi criticises BCCI's bid scrutiny procedure and questions Ahmedabad franchise owners CVC Capital's links with betting companies | Gokulam Kerala's outing at AFC Women's Club Championship and its positives for the game in India | Bhaskar Bhatt's appointment as chief coach of the Indian women's senior boxing team and its implications on the sport's future.

In this episode, co-hosts Siddhanth Aney and Leslie Xavier look at the disruption BCCI's untimely announcement of Virat Kohli's exit as skipper and the naming of the new coach could have caused in the Indian dressing room at the ICC T20 World Cup. Lalit Modi, in an interview with Newsclick, spoke critically about the BCCI's scrutiny of bidders involved in the IPL franchise auction held on 25 October, 2021. He speaks specifically on the betting firm links of CVC Capital, who won the Ahmedabad franchise. Playthings takes a look at the reach of betting firms in the business of sport and whether the sanctity of the playing field is truly at stake. We also discuss Gokulam Kerala FC Women, who are playing the inaugural Asian Club Championship, and the appointment of Bhaskar Bhatt head coach as India's senior national women's boxing team. 

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