Agent Mazhar Majeed also told journalist Mazhar Mahmood that he knew actor Brad Pitt "very well", tennis legend Roger Federer and was good friends with former England cricketers Mike Gatting, Phil Tufnell, Geoffrey Boycott, ex-Pakistan skipper Imran Khan and former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi among others.
The BCCI's suggestion is false and without any foundation. I have not been - nor am I - involved in any activity concerning the Sri Lanka Premier League, nor do I have any interest , in any way, in Somerset Entertainment Ventures. This fact has also been confirmed publicly by Somerset Entertainment Ventures....
The BCCI's refusal to support the SLPL - and the subsequent postponement of the tournament, cannot, in any way, be attributed to my involvement as the BCCI has disingenuously suggested.
Sri Lanka Premier League
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has stated that it could not support the Sri Lanka Premier League cricket competition because they suspected my involvement in the company running the event; namely, Somerset Entertainment Ventures. This suggestion was widely reported and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board was subsequently forced to postpone this year's event.