Samir Chopra February 24, 2010

Modi's sensible plainspeak

There are other reasons why Modi's comments make sense for they raise an interesting point about the very nature of the IPL, about whether it is a domestic tournament or an international league
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"Just like even a broken clock can tell the time correctly twice a day, even Lalit Modi can get it right at times" © Getty Images

I'm not a huge fan of Lalit Modi. One reason why I am reluctant to watch IPL games is there is always the chance that I might stumble across the latest Modi photo-op; I have described him as a zamindar in the past (when his ICL crackdown was in full swing); and when Modi acolytes have shown up on Eye-on-Cricket and demanded I respect his organisational skills and financial acumen, I have politely declined (I similarly find myself reluctant to sing hosannas in praise of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, gentlemen who have plenty of fans but whose achievements I find strangely uninspiring).

But respect must be shown where it is due. Just like even a broken clock can tell the time correctly twice a day, even Lalit Modi can get it right at times. And Modi's response to the release of the independent report commissioned by players' unions in England, Australia and South Africa that has led to talk of shifting the 2010 IPL to another country is a good example of that.

First, Modi correctly notes that "Nobody in the world can safeguard the safety of the players in any tournament. All we have to do is ensure we are putting on the best security". Indeed, there might be disagreements over what constitutes the best security for the visiting players but there can be no guarantees about the player's ultimate safety (perhaps El Al, the Israeli airline, might be able to provide one but I doubt even those formidable folks would go so far). And while the 'threat' to the international players is possibly 'credible', all that can be done is to hunker down and make sure that as many angles as possible are covered. Fleeing to another country isn't really a viable solution. Last year's move to South Africa took place because no security apparatus could be in place.

The IPL's staying put is just the way it has to be for anything else that has to take place in India (plenty of folks continue to go to work in Mumbai, I'm told). If terrorists were to issue kidnap threats against businessmen in India, should business come to a grinding halt?

But there are other reasons why Modi's comments make sense for they raise an interesting point about the very nature of the IPL, about whether it is a domestic tournament or an international league. For Modi goes on to say (showing a non-Vitalstatistix-like personality), "The heavens aren't going to fall...this is an Indian tournament...we have the key Indian players and only a few international players. You have to understand that the market for us is India...it's not only dependent on foreign players, although they are part of it."

Modi is calling his own bluff here. If the IPL goes ahead and is a success even with a diminished international player presence (and truth be told, I think there is a high probability there won't be a complete pullout because the greenback rules), it will have displayed its viability in an Indian market with Indian players and maintained the domestic competition image.

For now, Modi has done all he could do. He has spoken reassuringly to sponsors and has done the right kind of spinning when it comes to the status of the IPL. Behind the scenes, negotiations over the player's security demands will carry on.

The IPL will be played in India. If something does go wrong, there will be terrible consequence, sure. But the worst ones will not be that international players' concerns will have been vindicated. It will be that innocent lives will have been lost. And that is a risk that folks in India are used to.

Samir Chopra lives in Brooklyn and teaches Philosophy at the City University of New York. He tweets here

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  • Ananda on August 2, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    A tournament with out paatkisn was going to be dull as expected specially for us paatkisnis ..forget all the mess of PCB ..dont u guys miss the paki unpredictability factor .Although they are champs right now .the can beat a team of champions cricketers on any given day they play to their potential .thanks to Jrod .for atleast remembering to mention pak ..in his articles ..salute to australian teams for Beating indian teams on their own HOME GROUNDS ..they cant even think of matching aussies on their home grounds ..

  • Roy on March 12, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Response to Raj's post on Feb.24th. Most of the current cricketers(foreign or not) are lap-dogs!! They voice their concerns re. safety but will conveniently brush those fears aside if the pay is enticing enough. And let's face it, quite a few are in the twilight of their careers and can never hope to accumulate the kind of money the IPL provides. Greed is the same regardless of their nationality.

  • ranjith on February 28, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    There is no need to panic. What is to be happened.It will happen.In 21 st century What india will dictate terms atleast in cricket, economy & software.Dear all, today's young men were not there to support against goras before 1947.Atleast now there is a chance to dictate terms against these people.Just give something back boys and enjoy.

  • The White Hunter on February 28, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    I think the IPL has no future. Forget the rest of the world, even among the young people in India, the English Premier League football is much more popular than the IPL. So the future of IPL is doomed.

  • vimalcb on February 27, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Folks, lets remember why IPL went to S Africa. There were general elections in India and the law and order authorities could not guarantee security for two mega events simultaneously. That’s not the case this time so we must place some faith in the governance in India. I live in the US and, like many of you, invest in Indian capital markets. Don’t tell me I should run away with my money since the word of Indian authorities is meaningless. Let’s relax and enjoy the IPL the way it belongs—in India.

  • Sanjiv on February 25, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Still, it will be humongous tragedy if a terrorist bomb does go off. Man, life is full of uncertainties! Dear Terrorists, kindly stay away and take care of your own children and families.

  • PARAMVIR SAINI on February 25, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    BE Aware!Another way to make momney from Indians, first Autralia failed to provide security to Indian students snd immigrants-can he proide secuirty to Indian players, South African British origin citizens leaving back to Canada and England(back to home) for safety due to safety reasons (since power has been transferred to non-whites)so how Indian players will be safe and secure in South Africa. England home grown terrorism-- how they will proide secuirty assurance to Indian IPL players in England, I am scared to stay in England as a traveller-- air lines I can not trust flying to UK are safe -how thousands of Indians can take risk to go UK to enjoy IPL. In stead a few number of players can take risk at Indian Playfields in liu of Millions of dollars--which is worth for them--but not for a cricket fan to go to these contries under risk of terrorism and criminals waiting to kill and robb them. Buisness should stay in India--broadcasting rights, ticket sales, airline profits and economy

  • Samit Rane on February 25, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    dude, you have written this article like a buggy program. Quit blogging, just stick to coding. You are a classic example why a coder should not blog. and please stop reading chetan bhagat.

  • punieto on February 25, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    what the fuss cricketers all ove rthe world wants indian ruppee with sureties and body guards but there arte thousands of these foriners working in the contry at different levels, did they ask for protection before applying for the jobs??? get real and not greedy

  • Sathish Reddy on February 25, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Is'nt it very "Indian" to pull down our heroes. That's what it is with you Samir. If you were Modi and had to read this article you would have said to yourself " This guy does'nt like my success ". It is the same with Ricky Ponting. It has been the biggest ego blow for him when he was'nt bought for the magical 1 million $s, and when KKR were'nt too gung ho about him in the playing eleven he is doing what he is best at - subterfuge. But as samir has rightly mentioned the Greenbacks rule and every Aussie contracted will come here and play and every aussie player's success in IPL-3 will be a slap on Punters face. I never beleived he was any kind of competition to Sachin as the best player in the world, he is no where near him as a decent human being either.

  • Ananda on August 2, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    A tournament with out paatkisn was going to be dull as expected specially for us paatkisnis ..forget all the mess of PCB ..dont u guys miss the paki unpredictability factor .Although they are champs right now .the can beat a team of champions cricketers on any given day they play to their potential .thanks to Jrod .for atleast remembering to mention pak ..in his articles ..salute to australian teams for Beating indian teams on their own HOME GROUNDS ..they cant even think of matching aussies on their home grounds ..

  • Roy on March 12, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Response to Raj's post on Feb.24th. Most of the current cricketers(foreign or not) are lap-dogs!! They voice their concerns re. safety but will conveniently brush those fears aside if the pay is enticing enough. And let's face it, quite a few are in the twilight of their careers and can never hope to accumulate the kind of money the IPL provides. Greed is the same regardless of their nationality.

  • ranjith on February 28, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    There is no need to panic. What is to be happened.It will happen.In 21 st century What india will dictate terms atleast in cricket, economy & software.Dear all, today's young men were not there to support against goras before 1947.Atleast now there is a chance to dictate terms against these people.Just give something back boys and enjoy.

  • The White Hunter on February 28, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    I think the IPL has no future. Forget the rest of the world, even among the young people in India, the English Premier League football is much more popular than the IPL. So the future of IPL is doomed.

  • vimalcb on February 27, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Folks, lets remember why IPL went to S Africa. There were general elections in India and the law and order authorities could not guarantee security for two mega events simultaneously. That’s not the case this time so we must place some faith in the governance in India. I live in the US and, like many of you, invest in Indian capital markets. Don’t tell me I should run away with my money since the word of Indian authorities is meaningless. Let’s relax and enjoy the IPL the way it belongs—in India.

  • Sanjiv on February 25, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Still, it will be humongous tragedy if a terrorist bomb does go off. Man, life is full of uncertainties! Dear Terrorists, kindly stay away and take care of your own children and families.

  • PARAMVIR SAINI on February 25, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    BE Aware!Another way to make momney from Indians, first Autralia failed to provide security to Indian students snd immigrants-can he proide secuirty to Indian players, South African British origin citizens leaving back to Canada and England(back to home) for safety due to safety reasons (since power has been transferred to non-whites)so how Indian players will be safe and secure in South Africa. England home grown terrorism-- how they will proide secuirty assurance to Indian IPL players in England, I am scared to stay in England as a traveller-- air lines I can not trust flying to UK are safe -how thousands of Indians can take risk to go UK to enjoy IPL. In stead a few number of players can take risk at Indian Playfields in liu of Millions of dollars--which is worth for them--but not for a cricket fan to go to these contries under risk of terrorism and criminals waiting to kill and robb them. Buisness should stay in India--broadcasting rights, ticket sales, airline profits and economy

  • Samit Rane on February 25, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    dude, you have written this article like a buggy program. Quit blogging, just stick to coding. You are a classic example why a coder should not blog. and please stop reading chetan bhagat.

  • punieto on February 25, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    what the fuss cricketers all ove rthe world wants indian ruppee with sureties and body guards but there arte thousands of these foriners working in the contry at different levels, did they ask for protection before applying for the jobs??? get real and not greedy

  • Sathish Reddy on February 25, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Is'nt it very "Indian" to pull down our heroes. That's what it is with you Samir. If you were Modi and had to read this article you would have said to yourself " This guy does'nt like my success ". It is the same with Ricky Ponting. It has been the biggest ego blow for him when he was'nt bought for the magical 1 million $s, and when KKR were'nt too gung ho about him in the playing eleven he is doing what he is best at - subterfuge. But as samir has rightly mentioned the Greenbacks rule and every Aussie contracted will come here and play and every aussie player's success in IPL-3 will be a slap on Punters face. I never beleived he was any kind of competition to Sachin as the best player in the world, he is no where near him as a decent human being either.

  • Daniyak on February 25, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Funnily enough the reason they gave for not selecting Pakistani players was that they would be unable to provide them security Now for other players they are going to provide security so whats the diffrence

  • Hasmukh Patel on February 25, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    Lalit Modi should award a prize to any player who scores a 4,6,6,6,4 in 5 balls in one over.Dedicate this to Nelson Mandela's global HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention campaign.

  • Ashok on February 25, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    The reason why other countries are opposing it becoz they want it in their own country and they label it as Security Concerns. Like Aussies they want IPL in AUS, so that they can make more money out of it. Needless to tell, its just matter of money - $$$.

  • Anand on February 25, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    why is that if someone is very successful like Modi, there comes millions of critics who comes with fancy comments. Most idiots are quick point out what is wrong when someone tries to do something out of the box. This sort of critizism takes us nowhere except give some guys the feeling that they know something better than others, like Samir Chopra.

  • Paul. A on February 25, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    I don't care whether they come or not!With all the risks of terrorism and all, I will go to the ground to cheer my team. But then my life may not be as pricey as the Gora Sahibs... LoL

  • Sandeep Neelam on February 25, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Lalit Modi should be given a Cabinet rank a la Nandan Nilekani and should be told to run Indian Hockey if not the entire Sports Ministry.

  • vibhaas on February 25, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    India is where the Moolah is as far as cricket is concerned. All will come. a few who won't will regret it as they will be left out for future tournaments. U somehow feel that some pusturing is instigated by outside Boards hpoing that they could benifit out of this. Last year SA did benifit and once you taste bllod, it is difficult to resist. So we have the sight of SA captain saying that current series is fine but in IPL it is different. Can't understand what is different. They will still be protected by same police. All that will happen is that Police from many states will work. As such we Indians give evrything for cricket, so foreign players don't worry you will be protected. Secondly, IPL will stay in India. Last year it went out and that was a mistake. All so called terrorists, chill it yaar. Nobody has ever gainied out of scaring others and nobody will. Only people l;osing out are common people who get killed or where situation is not normal like many places in Pak and K

  • Rahul Khanna on February 25, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Well I myself am not great fan of Modi but he is spot on here.Ponting was never a good T20 player; thatswhy he retired early and now he is jealous of success of his fellows.All are grown up people and can use their brains to decide if they want to go to India or not.As for NZ players the less said the better.Even a tyre burst in street will cause them to leave tour midway then we are talking about threats.Why should sports be made victim of terrorism? Ponting and his so-called friends are making it an issue.Is Australia safe?Recently there was an incident when a player from Pak was manhandled in ground in Aus.What were they doing?Where was FICA and where were security people? If you people cant guarantee safety of players in your own country then why shouting over rooftops about others??

  • Sonny on February 25, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    At the end of the day I hope Modi delivers "the best security" and put's his money where his mouth is and all will be good. I believe the Pakistanis had "the best security" for the Sri Lankan team not long ago and look what happenned. But then again it was Pakistan!

  • Abhi on February 25, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Great !!! all these foreign players can stay out of IPL forever, it will only do great things to Indian cricket. We have enough talented players in India why do we have to watch these foreign players playing in the IPL and making millions of dollars, when our own talented Indian players are waiting on the sidelines ?? I would rather watch Abhinav Mukund, C. Pujara, P. Chawala instead of Pointing, Hayden, and Shane Warne !!

  • Asitha Jayamaha on February 25, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    I don't like Lalit Modi. But he is a genius and you have to respect the man for what he has achived. On this occassion he is dead right. Further, I am sick of all these forign players making a big fuss over security, every time they come to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. It is their way of trying to demoralize us asians who have successfully beaen them in their own game.

  • sheikh noor on February 25, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    hi... lalitjii we r very proud for u as a ipl organaiser we need man complie man like u.thnx for given me ipl

  • Kazim on February 25, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Modi is right in stating that IPL is an Indian event and they can manage their own league. questions is, will IPL be attractive enough for sponsors if top internationla players are not part of it. Majority of players who were able to shine were either international players or top end Indian players, not the local players. that is a question Modi should think about

  • Cool Boy on February 25, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    I think india isnt saved , its a terrorist country , so kindly move tournament to England or SA

  • Rajesh on February 25, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    If IPL is moved out of India again, we will be handing a major victory to the terrorists. I am sure every country or place that has been a victim of meaningless violence understands this concept. IPL needs to remain in India. If someone is worried, he or she has every right not to visit India. But do not ask IPL to be moved out of India.

  • Ivan on February 25, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Are the threats credible? They seem so. When it comes down to facts, the feather in the BCCI's cap with respect to the IPL is the presence of international players, whether you like it or not. Players aren't soldiers - they will stay away if they think they're going to die simply to fatten their own pockets slightly and those of millionaire owners even more.

  • Lalit Pawar on February 25, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    Like IPL- and its goons Modi and Pawar shut out ICL by strong arm methods-I feel the cycle has to complete by something shutting out the IPL shop for good. The current security situation is a strong contender to shut the IPL shop, and it just may be because Modi and Pawar have realized that there is no point in taking the circus abroad, as there is not as much money as there is in keeping the circus at home. Players security be damned! BCCI with Pawar and Modi only cares for more franchises, more celebrity, more money and an annual window as big as 3-4 months for their circus. Test cricket and ODI be damned too! Modi and Pawar deserve to be out of sight and thereby out of mind too. Someone truly said here that IPL is 'Chaddi' cricket. Funny. It is actually also a more professional version of 'Galli' cricket. Modi is indeed creating a brand and wow what a brand it is!

  • Rajesh Majji on February 25, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Yes he is right. Security plans cannot be shared with anyone. He has shared it with the Cricket Associations and thats it. If they are not convinced so be it, let them not come. This is a domestic tournament and Indian stars have more than enough pull power to get the sponsors and spectators. If IPL or world cup goes out side India am sure there won't be any sponsors and spectators. This is not arrogance but it is market reality. A Ponting or some Aussie cricketing not wanting to come wont make any difference to the tournament. Let FICA not try to bully... they are too small for it.

  • Rohit on February 25, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Your comment "It will be that innocent lives will have been lost. And that is a risk that folks in India are used to." is a very immature statement. If the International players do back out due to security concerns, it will definitely impact the IPL. Modi has to be aware that the competitiveness that has been seen in the last two editions is not just because of the presence of Indian Icons. Foreign players have had a big impact on IPL.

  • Rahul on February 25, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    I m not a modi fan either. But this time he has hit the nail on the head. IPL is a indian domestic tournament, owned by the indians, watched mostly by the indians and 70% of a team on field comprises of indians. Hence it is rediculous on behalf of foreign players to demand it to b shifted outside india. If they are not convinece abt security then they can stay away but how can they arm twist a organization into shifting it to another destination all together at there own convinence and then expect to make millions playing the tournament. IF U R NOT HAPPY THEN STAY AWAY. PERIOD. Can u imagine a scenario of afridi or pollard asking there aussie franchies to make some major changes cause they r not happy abt something. Who ll pay a heed to there demads. Credit shld be given to modi for the plain speaking. We already have enough of nausiating diplomacy. It is good to have some transperancy on thoughts. Thanks to twitter.

  • Pramod K on February 25, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Rightly said "the greenback rules", look at Ponting, he got his money in buy out, but Haydos, Gilly & Warnee's lifestyle depends on the greenback that they will earn in IPL, not surprised to hear about fight as reported in Australian media.

  • Guru on February 25, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    I am really happy to read that " this is an indian tournament and has to be played in India".Although Modi appears autocratic at times - he has done the country proud and acheived something new , which nobady dared to dream few years back. The only people who crib at IPL - are ones - who dont have opportunity to make money or enjoy the matches. so what if this is a money making extragavanza - is it not helping the economoy ? Is it not entertaining? The world is not for people who will sit at home scared from terrorists - will they stop going to work , going to movies, parks etc , just bacause some fool across the border issued a threat!

  • Sanjiv on February 25, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    May be the foreign players should have selected an organisation that has credibility in India about airing their worries. FICA is not accepted as a credible organisation in India, only a fringe operator. Thanks to this poor choice who they have used, it is all too late for the foreign players now, I am afraid. I next await their response to this game of chicken with a powerful IPL. I love this silly soap opera started by foreign "security experts" for the well meaning foreign players!!

  • Vinay N on February 25, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    I feel no place in the world is safe so why worry , come on just play as South Africans are playing after 26/11 there is only one blast thats fine its part and parcel of life terriosts are every where? What if there is big blast in South Africa in next week , will FIFA moves world cup outside SA doubt

  • Shamim Aziz on February 25, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    "Salute Modi". I was not a great fan of you until these incidents happened. Our government should also follow this aggressive approach.

    To Greg one of the person posted his views above. "UK /US/AUS is also affected with terrorist attacks. Does any body stopped cricket. "

    We are fed up of this consipracy by so called western countries.

    Trust me US dictates terms in the world. Does anybody like this, but they still do, so as India.

    We are ruling cricket. Either be in our side or don't comment.

    How many Aussie cricketers currently has the charisma of Pollard, Bravo, Fletcher, Barath, Gayle.

    Long Live IPL.

  • ratnakar on February 25, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    I have only one question for you guys..if the IPL is staged without a single foreign player(only Indian players-no dilshans no pollards no watsons)does anyone think it will be a success?i know the t20 format is exciting but without the international flavor do you guys think it will have any amount of success?agreed india has all the best batsmen in the world and all the young talent..but without the non-indian international players??modi siad its for indian markets but am not sure if only indian players constitute IPL it will be half as exciting???or commercially successful wid a $4bn brand???

  • Abu Shariz of Malaysia on February 25, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    IPL is purely Indian tournament? But doesn't it pays foreigners higher than Indian (if u compare the ratio/ percentage). Imagine IPL without any foreign player, guess what, it will be another ranjhi or duleep trophy status not a lavish IPL anymore. Ops... I forgot in IPL SRK, Priety & shilpa can do thumkas to pull the crowd. Sowwyy... Good Luck to IPL, put in good security and get best players to get best match results. That is what IPL shud be, rest will fall in it's due place, especially the loose talk. Lastly, if SA, CSA & ECB goes, bring in back the Pakis... Adios!

  • Shahed, Malaysia on February 25, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    It is Modi’s fanatic approach towards inducting Pakistanis players in their third edition of IPL, which is paying off the dividends. His intentions were obvious in staging that drama and are definitely not the least love he showed for this sport. He being so proud of money is not serving the cricket for its best cause. Now he agrees to say that no tournament in the world can guarantee players a foolproof security. Then why this was made a ground in snatching away the international event from the neighbor’s soil. Worst against cricket, implicating other two partners from Asia, the money politics in sports! One must play sensible in showing his concern for the sport that Indians are so mad about it and why they shouldn’t be, when they have player like Tendulkar in their rank (my hat off to him for his 200 in one day cricket). We must love cricket for sport and not for playing politics around. My suggestion is you can still look forward towards those betrayed, to be added to your voice in responding to so called global security unrest demanding guarantees! Another politics with hidden agaenda in cricket. You may look forward to your cricket loving neighbor however, not without a guarantee this time. This guarantee obviously is not for security rather for not another betrayal again.

  • Sam Sooppersaud on February 25, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Samir Chopra, you sound a bitter or jealous man. You may not appreciate the man Modi, but lets us face it he has created a theatre of fun for cricket crazed India, Maybe you ough t owatch a few IPL games and sweeten your sour disposition. be a sport!

  • Andrew White on February 25, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    At the end of the day- IPL is essentially an Indian organised most popular Cricket tournament on this planet. It has become massively popular due to one person- Lalit Modi. He has created that has a brand value of $4.1 Billion, that is doubling every year and is soon tipped to take over EPL. Foreign players are just a small part of it.Those who do not come will suffer.

  • R.Kannan on February 25, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Cricinfo uses every opportunity to bash Modi, BCCI etc while going soft on Ponting. It is a surprise that it allowed a blog generally supportive of Modi. I only wish cricinfo becomes more balanced in coverage of such issues. The main article suggests Modi castigated Ponting while Modi has chosen to ignore Ponting. Ponting's behaviour, on & off the field, has always shown that he is one of the biggest disgraces to the game and , if he imagines that he can spoil IPL, well, we need to ban him from IPL.

  • TellasisPatel, USA on February 25, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Like a broken clock, Mr. Samir Chopra is right this time about the sensible and admirable position Mr. Lalit Modi has taken. It is hard to predict when Mr. Chopra will be right second time! Thank you.

  • Sai on February 25, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    This article is spot on! Though I feel Modi is arrogant sometimes, he got it right this time. Some freak report said the second ODI has a credible threat. The only credible threat to the South Africans yesterday was Tendulkar's blade which has smothered a fearsome pace attack.

  • Rees on February 25, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Modi is right to say it but the writer of this article is not in his analogy. All I can see is a idiot extremist trying to write few lines to make it an article.

  • Prakash on February 25, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    The IPL did something I always wanted to see in cricket. Players from different countries playing together in a team in addition to the World Eleven versus the best country game. To a great extent that has happened soured only by the threat of terrorism everywhere and not just in India. Too bad that provincial politics plays such an important role in everything constructive one wants to do. Too bad that so many obstacles exit in bringing the cricketing world together. Most cricketers and fans of cricket all around the world have always appreciated good cricket even when their own side has lost. Cricket provides opportunities for a team as well as an individual. Bless cricket for that! The various forms of cricket are making it all the more interesting, although I'm a test fan. Those who play and watch cricket do so for the love of the game, without fear and embracing all risks. I hope they continue to do so.

    Do we want to live a life in fear? ``A coward dies a thousand deaths ...''

  • Akil Akhtar on February 25, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Without foreign players it is jsut another Ranjhi trophy, try selling it to the international media then. Modi is getting too big for his shoes.

  • SHAILESH AMBASHT on February 25, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    COMON IPL ...SHOW IT TO THE WORLD, THAT U R NOT PRETURBED EITHER BY TERRORIST THREATS OR THE THREATS OF PALYERS PULLOUT...WE INDIANS LOVE IT AND WE DONT CARE IF A WARNE OR IF A SYMONDS OR SOHAIL TANVIR DOESNT PLAY , WE FLOCK STADIUMS TO SEE KUMBLE,SACHIN AND OTHER GREATS ........ WAY TO GO IPL...AND YES EVEN IF THE PLAYERS COME TO PLAY, THEY WILL NOT COME FOR THEIR SO CALLED LOVE OF INDIA,THEY COME FOR MONEY .....IMAGINE A DUMINY WHO HASNT SCORED RUNS RECENTLY , EATING UP RELIANCE EMPLOYEES HARD EARNED MONEY ..... WELL HE MIGHT THINK, LETS GRAB THE MONEY, PERFORMING OR NOT PERFORMING AM GONNA GET THE MONEY ......ITS A RISK OF LIFE FOR JUST 2 MONTHS AND I WILL BE RICHER BY $950,OOO

  • kp vidyashankar on February 25, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Wow, EVEN if no foreign player comes ( Gilly, Hayden, Warney, Sanath, Sanga, Lee etc ARE ALL INDIAN PLAYERS NOW< WE HAVE ADOPTED THEM IN OUR TEAMS), it is OK. I had no intention of watching this, BUT as a patriot (NOT A FAN ) I am going to watch IPL MATCHES. Hope Modi brings down the ticket prices for us hoi polloi. It should not be more than 100 bucks.

  • Kaizar on February 25, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    what a straight drive by Mr. Modi's that "...it's not only dependent on foreign players, although they are part of it.”

  • Abhishek on February 25, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    I like modi's attitude here. We don't need foreign players to run domestic tournament. Look at NFL in america. They play world championship called super bowl and its domestic tournament. I think any sports is success, if its able to sustain itself locally. I bet IPL will be same without players outside india. These foreign players are like add on and not the main system.

  • Nick on February 25, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    He's bluffing. If the Australian, SA, England and NZ cricketers stay away it will make things very interesting.

  • Mike on February 25, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    "Just not sure why IPL even have to answer to queries from players association." Shouldn't all tournament organizers everywhere have to listen to the relevant players' association? This kind of collective representation for players doesn't seem to have taken off in India, but it's a shame - for instance, many retired Indian cricketers are left in penury, and an active players' association can help prevent that. Not all players earned megabucks. The IPL is unusual in that it has a high number of foreign players, so foreign players' associations get involved also. That seems fair enough. Players should have the right to representation, but also to have an organization that can help look out for their best interests (naturally, you can't rely on your employer to look after all your interests!). When considering personal safety, an individual player can't hire a security consultant, but a collective of players can. It's not unreasonable for players to have an interest in their own security

  • ashfaq on February 25, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    IPL is an indian tournament and should be played in india,,,those oz/english/Sa players can play if they want to.they dont have any right to dictate where the tournament should be played

  • billo on February 25, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    Kudos to Modi for hitting back at CA, ECB and Ponting. They are hyping up the security threat to diminsh IPL. It seems these players who are so concerned about security have not even been selected in IPL and are not even playing and are thus trying to prevent others players from being part of IPL. MOre so Ponting who has been dropped from IPL. A classic case of SOUR GRAPES. ECB also seems jealous since their own version of T20 (read STANFORD) was a disaster. Modi is very right is asserting that players who don't show up will be ignored as picks for subsequent IPL's. The decision to come or not should be left to the Individual Players. Can ECB and CA guarantee security. CA does not even have a fence around its grounds. Recently an Australian loonie tackled a Pak player in the 3rd Test. Asians, particularly Indians are still being racially profiled/attacked in Australia. IT seems India's success in cricket is a bane for CA & ECB who are unable to accept this and are finding excuses.

  • billo on February 25, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    Kudos to Modi for hitting back at CA, ECB and Ponting. They are hyping up the security threat to diminsh IPL. It seems these players who are so concerned about security have not even been selected in IPL and are not even playing and are thus trying to prevent others players from being part of IPL. MOre so Ponting who has been dropped from IPL. A classic case of SOUR GRAPES. ECB also seems jealous since their own version of T20 (read STANFORD) was a disaster. Modi is very right is asserting that players who don't show up will be ignored as picks for subsequent IPL's. The decision to come or not should be left to the Individual Players. Can ECB and CA guarantee security. CA does not even have a fence around its grounds. Recently an Australian loonie tackled a Pak player in the 3rd Test. Asians, particularly Indians are still being racially profiled/attacked in Australia. IT seems India's success in cricket is a bane for CA & ECB who are unable to accept this and are finding excuses.

  • Indian Australian on February 25, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    The most important point made is..that the free world will not be held hostage to the whims of any misguided fanatics. Indeed there is a risk, but the answer is not to run away, that will only encourage the tyrants and help their recruitment drive. Put the best security in place and let the games go ahead. Those unwilling to come should not be penalised, as its understandable. But no one has the right to demand a change of venue as it IS an Indian domestic tournament, foreigners welcome to play by invitation. We must stand united against this threat. Indians are stronger than the world realises!

  • geoff of auckland on February 25, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    I still think the western cricketing powers especially australia is not able to stomach the fact the power house of cricket has shifted from the MCG and the LORDS to a 3rd world. Man! isnt that the mind of a bigot?

  • Rohit on February 25, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    Agree with your views that Modi has spoken well in this instance. Don't know why you had to take a jab at Bill Gates in this context. Having your product run on 90% of the world running computers is a super big achievement. It is Bradmanesque in cricketing terms. And Microsoft competing with every major player in the technology market admirably has a parallel with the Aussie competitive spirit in cricket.

  • Barath on February 25, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    @Samika: "No one should be used to taking risks" You take a risk every moment. When you cross the road, take a breath & so on. Also, this is not slavery. If someone does not want to go work/play elsewhere for tons of money, he does not have to. He can take the consequences of his broken contract, just like the tournament can take the consequences of a belittles product. After all, Lalit Modi, SRK etc are not running this a a bountiful favor to Australians, Indians etc. They are doing this as a profitable and perhaps enjoyable investment.

  • Nik on February 25, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    I was amazed that suddenly there were reports of "security concerns" for players in India.

    I visit India 9 or 10 times a year, and while recently there were some concerns over recent unfortunate events in Australia itself, I knew I was very safe.

    I would be very sad to see the international players pull out. Not just because IPL is for me a unique formula that (as an Australian) I really love, but because I think it is an insult to a country and people who simply don't deserve it.

    I am really looking forward t the IPL - as always. It is more than just teams of Indian and international players, but rather teams of Indian and international players all mixed together in very interesting combinations.

    Money-focused it may be, but long live the IPL.

  • H Shah on February 25, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    I like Modi for his decisiveness. There is nothing wishy-washy about him. The foreign players have a difficult choice to make, but they should look at the report by themselves, discuss in private with any advisors and make up their minds. While Hayden and some others are taking the dignified route, yet others are busy with public haggling and all-with-one-voice style stance that look like posturing. Modi is quite right in laughing at that dog-n-pony show.

  • shiva G on February 25, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    Modi has evolved brand IPL, it is a good thing; forget the part that he stole it from ICL and later killed it. I would like modi to use an inclusive principle in his statements. Security is a concern and I am sure preparations have been made as required and more. What is the problem in sharing the information with stake holders; Yes, no one can dictate where IPL needs to be held and yes, no place is safe in this whole world. But, diplomacy needs to be used to enhance the brand; if high handedness is used the money glamor will disappear in a few years and IPL will be just another thing; Arrogance should be curtailed, right now modi is full of it

  • Mahendra on February 25, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    I am totally agree with Modi....IPL should stay in India only. All we can do is provide more security ,,but at the end of the day its one person's own choice to come and play in IPL.

  • Mahendra on February 25, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    I am totally agree with Modi....IPL should stay in India only. All we can do is provide more security ,,but at the end of the day its one person's own choice to come and play in IPL.

  • Mahendra on February 25, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    I am totally agree with Modi....IPL should stay in India only. All we can do is provide more security ,,but at the end of the day its one person's own choice to come and play in IPL.

  • Gayathri Chakravarthy on February 25, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    While you may not find the achievements of Gates inspiring, what he has done with the result of his success (Bill and Melinda Gates foundation) deserves praise from the highest quarter.

  • CricFan on February 25, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    I find it interesting that when Pakistan is concerned, no1 wants to come because of security issues, but now Mr. Modi is stating that no country is safe and i am sure all the players would come to india regardless. To describe this, i am left with no words, clearly everyone can realize what i am talking about. India has been evil axis for cricket world, doing what is beneficial for them and disregarding other cricketing nations. Mr. Modi if IPL can be successful without International players than you are mistaken, It would lose its value that everyone knows. I am just ashamed at other countries that when it comes to pakistan everyone turn their back because of security issues and thats acceptable if it is for other countries also but if its only for pakistan than each country should be ashamed of themselves who instead of supporting a great cricketing nation are placing in the corner and India has been playing an integral role in that.

  • Denzil Rodrigues on February 25, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    For all the tough talking and posturing being done by the FICA and foreign players, why don't they start a League of their own. Why do they have to come to IPL, the reason is no league would be as successful monetarily as the IPL, and therein lies the biggest discomfort to FICA and teh foreign players. They won't be earning as much in any other league. Their intent to arm twist or push the IPL Commissioner to a corner has been diplomaically rebuffed. Stay put in your counrty and run the risk of saying good bye to the green backs forever. Well done Lalit Modi.

  • Greg on February 25, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    If anything happens during the tournament, the blood will be on Modi's hands. Will he resign and forfeit his interests in the IPL if anyone associated with the tournament is affected by a terrorist act?

  • GSTHYAGARAJAN on February 25, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    Cricket matches are SAFEST in India.Because even terrorists want to watch the game.

  • GSTHYAGARAJAN on February 25, 2010, 0:29 GMT

    Cricket matches are SAFEST in India.Because even terrorists want to watch the game.

  • Suresh Agarwal on February 25, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    Jeez boy.. I stopped reading when you wrote of your bias first up.

  • Som on February 24, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    The last paragraph totally ruined a good post.

  • Eelco on February 24, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Very simple speak, so simple you don't see the hypocrisy staring you in the face. So here it is: foreign workers who are vulnerable and in danger just because they are .....foreign . Where did we hear that before. The message is if you don't like you can always leave . Now I am an Aussie and if any of our public figures would have exactly the same reaction on Indians coming to work over here, the Indian media would jump on us with the usual accusations racist. Just for playing down we already copped some flak, saying we are in denial. Now it is the other way around and what an eye opener it is. We had a Vindaloo against Violence yesterday, but I doubt a Barbie against Bombing could be organised.

  • gavin singh on February 24, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Woe be unto modi if something should go wrong and lives are lost.....How will u sleep Mr. Modiness

  • rahul sharma on February 24, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Modi is right,some paki suporters r against modi &writing against him,dnot worry IPL is indian tournament & real indians r suporting u MODI.JAI HOOOOOOOOOO IPL.My team is Royals Bangalore we dnot care coz Aus is alergic to us hahahaha....

  • Ravi Suresh on February 24, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    OK let all the cry baby international players stay away. Actually let all the white players stay away. It is the white cricket teams sobbing like baby girls. I mean is it not strange that the chief protagonists are England (old colonial master now beneath our feet green eyed goat) Australia (still has British envy, I wanna show how better we are even if we need India kangaroos) and South Africa (still a WHITE team don't let the sprinkling of white and browns fool you)? Let them stay home them and make their money in their white countries. We will have our beloved Indian players and for sure will be joined by the black and brown players of the Caribbean (who have the most exciting young players now anyway), and by our brown brothers of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and then lets call back in Pakistani players. We will still have a successful IPL and the White Triangle of Nations can get lost in the Bermuda triangle!

  • Spinoza on February 24, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    When will the Gringos stop thinking that they call the shots wherever they go. Show them who is the boss, Modi baby.

  • Chrisalis on February 24, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Who does this arrogant upstart Modu think he is? Better than the ICC? (not hard) Modi cares nothing about cricket and only about financial gain.

  • Anonymous on February 24, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    IPL is a podium for celebration. Here is an Indian fan's message to all international 'stars' who will adorn this podium: Dont give a rat's ass whether you guys turn up or not. We have been there to support our teams before you, will be there inspite of you and will surely be there after you. PERIOD. Goes without saying that IPL is of India, by India, for India. The doubting thomsons and dummies have always been there. When we pack in hordes of 50000 or more at the DYPatils, Eden Gardens and KCAs and let aloud our ROARRRs of joy we will see how fast these twits will scoot.

  • Manju on February 24, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    I am not a big fan Lalit Modi either, but I liked his aggresive approach in this case. What the heck if the warnes, peitersen's don't come. There are plenty of Srilankan and WestIndian players are there to come and play. And Indians loves Srilankan and WestIndian players. Just get them and play. Let them make some money too. These Australians can't give security to Indian Students in their land and talk about others. How rude??? Kick all australians out of IPL. IPL is an Indian event and it will remain - I like that comment.

  • cricketique on February 24, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    I have no idea why Mr. Chopra has to be so verbose in saying that Mr. Modi did what is right and reasonable. Is he perfect – no by no means, but say it as you see it. Like a broken record, yes it is money and the cliché of the broken clock - no, a broken clock doesn't give you the correct time twice a day - change your clock and stop making thick fatalistic remarks like - And that is a risk that folks in India are used to.

  • Dubey on February 24, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    now even modi is tweeting this article :)

  • Owen Edwards on February 24, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Good article. Troubled by this imperial triumphalism from Karthik (and others) - I thought the best bit for cricket about the British Empire ending was the level playing field, the requirement for genuine mutual respect, etc? Are we now to be bullied by the sheer numbers of Indian fans and the power of money? Is cricket now ABOUT India, effectively? If so, enjoy it, I'll go watch whatever sport the Ashes of 05 and 09 was - real, titanic, inspiring.

  • Sai Bharadwaj Chintalpati on February 24, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    I wish Modi bats for Test Cricket Next. He will pull up a lot of support from True Cricket Fans if he makes that move.

  • SB on February 24, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    What's wrong with Lalit Modi? He is the architect of one of the best things to happen to Indian sports. He is creating a huge industry in the country, just like NFL, NBA, etc. Thousands of jobs will be created with the expansion of IPL in future. Hundreds of cricket players, coaches and scouts will help spot the proper talent in the country - talent which has been limited all these years to city grown players only. This writer must be one of those communists (who hate the corporate world) or one of those cricket purists (who like to watch just the 8 miserable bunch of countries play each other in the test matches). Cricket has failed to expand its reach to different countries. The only way it can progress is to expand internally! Instead of just one cricket team and a player pool of 40, now we have many more teams with a player pool of hundreds and possibly 1000s in future. Open your eyes, man, IPL is the future of cricket.

  • Jay on February 24, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    I'd have more respect for Mr Modi's response if he'd acknowledged any valid parts of the security concerns. Outright dismissal, personal attacks and threatening the players involved aren't plainspeak nor are they a way to resolve any situation.

    His response comes across as crass nationalistic populism, mixed with an over-large dose of ego.

    A more sensible plainspeak would have been to acknowledge where concerns were valid, and meet with the other parties to resolve them. Outright refusing to recognise any umbrella association of players is - at best childishness.

    Simply saying "It's my way or no way" isn't plainspeak, it's just arrogance. Arrogance is a bad way to respond to security issues where lives are possibly at risk.

  • hasan24 on February 24, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Here is again the show of BIAS in the world of cricket. If no ultimate guranttee can be given for player safety anywhere in the world .. y the hell is Pakistan stripped of its matches ... thr u ppl brag abt the threat to the players and possiblity of terror acts ... but wen it comes to ur beloved india ... then 'as much angles covered as possible'theory comes in .... typical

  • Sri on February 24, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Gates is a genius in his own way...he knows how to beat the iron when hot.. modi is smart in his own way...no offense but i wish i was one of them, least bothered about inspiring others and yet highly successful in their fields..

    Your statement that we are used to the risk of our own lives...is absolute rubbish..

  • nova on February 24, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    IPL is nothing but 'chaddi' cricket meant to fill the coffers of a few people. I would be glad if players boycotted this circus.

  • Rohit on February 24, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    I also personally don't like bulling tactics Modi applies. But this time he is right. Even Aus govt can't provide safety of foreign person (aka Indians) and here our country is saying "there are enough security in place and nothing will go wrong" and these associations dictating to move IPL somewhere else so that there country will earn some share of money. we will see how many players has guts to say no to IPL bcoz Money rules.

  • billy on February 24, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    Somewhere along the line, the Pakistani cricketers will be laughing quietly with this latest fiasco at IPL. If Modi wants to be the King, then let him be the king in India, but not all the other cricketing nations.

  • Allan DeSouza on February 24, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Mr. Samir Chopra, i quote you said " similarly find myself reluctant to sing hosannas in praise of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, gentlemen who have plenty of fans but whose achievements I find strangely uninspiring). Well, sir let me tell you are a strange person and hard to inspire. As someone earlier has mentioned, you are using Mr. Gates uninspring technology or did you stick a stamp to your post. Frankly speaking, if the foreign players all quite the IPL what you would be left with is really Ranji Trophy matches. Let's face it IPL needs the foreign players injection and vice versa the foreign players need IPL. Hope they work thing out.

  • jonh on February 24, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    this is way to go until when we will succumb to fears and threats from losers keep shifting ipl and other tournaments if some kids were crying and women were bickering about it if somebody wants to play then come and play another wise stay home don't waste time ours and your own time that's the way to go in india crowd is going to be there anyways no matter if australians south africans or west indians srilankans or new zealanders don't show up it is all good we will be able to see how good exactly youngsters from india are really and they might find place in team india in future rather than wasting those spots on international players and money owners might spend money on right people at right time in future like choosing new teams for next seasons

  • AzizK on February 24, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    The threat is not from Al Qaeeda...it is from Pakistan's ISI...let us be clear about this... India is not the main target for AQ...Ilyas Kashmiri is an ex(sic)-Pakistan Army man. ISI will make best effort to use Indian recruits to carry out terrorism...keep in mind this is their preferred tactic. The English cricket team defied this tactic and played in India post 26/11. Terrorism will continue to remain a threat in India till Pakistan continues to employ it as a tactic against India. India cannot take the threat lightly and must always be on guard. Individual players should make personal choices to play in IPL based on their comfort level (Mr. Modi shouldn't threaten them from consequences)...but Mr. Modi is correct in remaining firm against any form of politicizing (or unionization). Please remove the last line from your blog...NO WE ARE NOT USED TO SUCH RISK!!!

  • Shri on February 24, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Australian talking about security and attacks...come on..look at the status of indians in Aus..attack at every corner...pathetic...get a life, you guys...GO Modi !!!

  • Tony Alen on February 24, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Its a little hypo-critic that Lalit Modi is now claiming that no tournament can guarantee safe-guarding its players. The whole purpose of IPL existence vs ICL was that it was a bigger, better, and more secure league than the ICL and also that they have the BCCI's resources which ICL didn't. Now is the time to deliver on that claim and show that they truly are the leadership that deserves to be followed. First they excluded players from Pakistan and now they are willing to dump other players from other leading cricketing nations. So the whole talk about diverse and multinational league hosting players from major cricketing nations is false.

  • jonh on February 24, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    this is way to go until when we will succumb to fears and threats from losers keep shifting ipl and other tournaments if some kids were crying and women were bickering about it if somebody wants to play then come and play another wise stay home don't waste time ours and your own time that's the way to go in india crowd is going to be there anyways no matter if australians south africans or west indians srilankans or new zealanders don't show up it is all good we will be able to see how good exactly youngsters from india are really and they might find place in team india in future rather than wasting those spots on international players and money owners might spend money on right people at right time in future like choosing new teams for next seasons

  • JB on February 24, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Sam, you are wrong. He would have had a Mac created by the Woz.

    All Gates did was buy MS-DOS and copy Windows from the Mac, copy IE from Netscape and created a business model for selling software.

  • babu on February 24, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    who cares if someone comes or not.. end of story.

  • Mahek on February 24, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    Like the message, not so much the tone.

  • mike on February 24, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Sam, when you say, "you won't have had the PC on which you wrote this blog post on if it wasn't for Gates" there's no denying that.

    But the Mafia may give a fortune to charity but does that eradicate all the wrong doings done by them? Of course not.

    Bottom line: Gates is a thief and always will be.

  • Navi on February 24, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    So why push and cry for them to join; just to without them... to be honest safety is first and that region is no more safe any more....

  • Chandramohan Kannan on February 24, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    I am trying to understand, really hard at that, your motivations behind claiming that Indians are used to the risk of losing of innocent lives.

  • MRP on February 24, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Mr. Modi is dead on. Why should the IPL be moved outside of India? It is the INDIAN Premier League, NOT the International Premier League.Hence, Indians, i.e., Mr. Modi and the BCCI should and will dictate the terms and conditions of the tournament.I can almost guarantee that 9 out of 10 contracted players from CA,CSA,ECB,NZC, will choose to attend the tournament.Not because they have overwhelming love for the sport or a special affinity for India or Mr.Modi, But because the way of the world dictates, that money talks and Bull---- walks.This world is full whiners,and complainers and not enough people of vision.What it lacks even more so are people with the kahunas,to actually put in motion that vision and bring it to reality.The world is full of people who like to sit idle and throw stones at others who make a go at it,and god forbid even succeed.The world is full of followers and not enough Leaders.The Pontings of world make up the former,while Mr. Modi aptly represents the latter.

  • MRP on February 24, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Good, insightful article as allways Mr. Chopra. Albeit, I disagree on a point or two. First, let me say, I am a massive fan of Lalit Modi. Being an Indian expatriate, how could you not be? I have yet to hear one credible line of logical reasoning as to why Lalit Modi is unpopular in some circles, mainly the so-called intelligenstia. Facts beyond dispute are, that he's done a tremendous job for Indian cricket. Not only has his actions had a direct positive impact on the quality of domestic Indian cricket, but has single-handedly raised the international profile of Indian cricket a million-fold. Talk about sensible plaintalk, why don't we call out the anti-Modi factions for what thier motivations really are: Envy. It's one of the oldest human emotions. Love him or hate him, you can't ignore the man. And it is due to a large part to Mr. Modi, that the same goes for India in world cricket today: Love India or Hate India, but you CANT AFFORD to ignore them.

  • adnan on February 24, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    i find it interesting that pakistan was robbed away from being host of the worldcup on the pretext of security and then we have the ipl commissioner come out saying "Nobody in the world can safeguard the safety of the players in any tournament. All we have to do is ensure we are putting on the best security". i mean i am aware of the sri lankan incident.. and terrible as it was.. it was the pakistani police that actually ended up losing a few men all in order to save the srilankan cricketers.. isnt that wat pakistan did..?

  • Edward Smythe on February 24, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    I am a keen follower of Great Power evolution and politics, and Lalit Modi is one of the first Indian to act unilaterally as a represenative of a Superpower. 50 years from now, this will be seen as much as a cornerstone to India's new position as one of three Global Superpowers (sorry, EU and Russia!) as Clive or Drake were were to the British Empire or Teddy and FDR to the American Century. This is about much more than cricket, and Mr. Modi, in refusing to do the "yes sir no sir thank you come again" routine expected of Indians in 'certain quarters', is absolutely right.

  • harryv on February 24, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    "One reason why I am reluctant to watch IPL games is there is always the chance that I might stumble across the latest Modi photo-op;" Somehow repeating the anti-Modi tirade ad nauseum seems to catch on and grab more eye-balls than grudging him some respect for making the IPL what it is. Nobody gouged your eyes and made you watch the IPL, if you are a purist you can watch the Aus-PAk or the Aus-WI series - they were lop-sided contest - Oops, no wonder everyone has their eyes turned to the true powerhouse, India. You can hate it and call it a nation of a 1 billion losers who can't produce 11 decent enough players to be world champions, but here we are again - always in your face. Hmm, I wonder why!

  • Pete on February 24, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    It that was all Modi had said, fair enough. But threatening bocking players from future tournaments if they miss this one for security reaons is bloody awful.

    Can't stand the man personally. He's a bully.

  • Lavar on February 24, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Funnily enough with FICA and England and Australia cricket boards making their concerns public about security is very naive...if now something does happen...the Indian people will point fingers at foreign conspiracy!!!...

  • Ram on February 24, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    You know I really detest Ponting, but I cant believe this "administrator" is talking about an all time great like that. There are far more diplomatic ways doing things. I do agree the IPL has to stay in India.

  • vivek on February 24, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    i know modi has been ruthless and probably unconstitutional about banning ipl. but lot of people played fiddle namely the icc and the cricket boards. but if one wants to stay objective about criticism of modi, you would see he is correct here. last year government couldnt promise enough security so he shifted it. im not a fan of modi at all but he has done a lot to cricket not just indian alone. he has worked tremendously hard to get ipl in short time.

  • Greg on February 24, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    I put Modi and sensible together until I read his twitter account today which reads like it was hijacked by a 8-year old fanboy who feels the need to denigrate those who disagree with him or put their country ahead of his cash.

  • Hits on February 24, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    You find the achievements of Bill Gates "strangely uninspiring", good sir? Maybe you should restrict your limited intellectual capabilities to commenting on cricket then.

  • SuchaMaal on February 24, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    This is double talk from Lalit Modi.On the one hand he is reassuring foreign players of security. At the same time he has used the same pretext to keep Pakistani players out of IPL for the last two years. With out the world champion players IPL is a relegated to a tournament of also ran. India is the biggest cricketing market. But there is no bigger draw than an Indian-Pakistan contest. Mr. Modi don't play into the hands of right wing hate mongers.Learn from English football league If IPL has to rise to that stature then Modi has to grow up. Get foreign player more involved instead of threatening arbitrary expulsion make changes so that they feel as it is their tournament. Their are many other ways IPL can make a factor more than what they do now keep the base tournament in India. Pakistani players should be included to show case that cricket can be the ambassador after we are the same. Sucha MAal A cricket Lover

  • Yada Yuk on February 24, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    My sentiments exactly. Modi is a two bit crook. But yes he created the highly successful IPL. And in this instance he is spot on. If some international players do not want to show up that is fine. The show will go on. This is Indian domestic cricket packaged for Indian fans. Terrorist groups like the LeT do not dictate terms in India.

  • Zaib on February 24, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    what a chance for rest of world to finally have a neutral, unbias and true cricket league somewhere else in World i.e. which will be held every year around the world. Where there wont be one man show or dictatorship!

  • Fantastic on February 24, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    What modi has said is completely correct. All these international cricket mobs are doing is trying to make money on indian market and give nothing in back. Wow, what a selfishness. Kudos modi!!!

  • Abhishek on February 24, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    Dead - on! Couldn't agree more with the writer.

  • chetan vishnubhotla on February 24, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    This could be chance for pakistani players to make inroads into IPL, or even more sri lankan, banga players. Of course there is a wealth of wealth of talent in the west indies. There were a lot of Trinidad players who were very impressive

  • yogesh on February 24, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    But there are other reasons why Modi’s comments make sense for they raise an interesting point about the very nature of the IPL, about whether it is a domestic tournament or an international league. For Modi goes on to say (showing a non-Vitalstatistix-like personality), "The heavens aren't going to fall...this is an Indian tournament...we have the key Indian players and only a few international players. You have to understand that the market for us is India...it's not only dependent on foreign players, although they are part of it.” ------ Then why the IPL was shifted to South Africa last year, at that time also no sky was going to fall. It is nothing but Dadagiri of Modi. As it was shifted last year and bad example about security in India was shown to the world...now every year this demand will be there.

  • Krishnadeep on February 24, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Well, security warnings or no security warnings, we all know whats finally gonna happen. The so called international "superstars" are gonna turn up in large numbers, because if they do not, replacements are always ready for the bounty and exposure. Lets face the fact that it is more of "global superstars needing IPL" than "IPL needing global superstars".. Read global as Aussies and Proteas..

  • Anupam Mukerji on February 24, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    To be honest, I haven't been a fan of ur writing. But this time u really got it right.

    And I am not particularly a Lalit Modi fan either :)

  • John Rajkumar on February 24, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Modi is the bitter pill that IPL fans must swallow. He must have been the focus of every bullies attention in his youth, his behaviour can only be understood in this context. There are several ways to get his point across but he always chooses the most aggressive and crass option. We wait with eager anticipation for his hubris to run its course.

  • Naren on February 24, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    I am not sure if Modi is dumb or he thinks others are dumb. When he cites South Africa playing India and Australia visiting India as an example that everything is normal is very naive. In those instances they have to provide security to one ground at a time. But in this case they have to provide security across 12 grounds. I don't think we can ever put in a decent security like other countries can do. I don't think IPL would be a success without the Australian players.

  • sri lankan on February 24, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    but one thing you forgot Mr.Chopra. That's if there are no overseas players, then the interest of the fans will go down. that can seriously damage the market of IPL.

  • maja on February 24, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    "There is no doubt lalit is a dictator.. but he should understand its the players and the spectators which makes or break the game (by the way there was a cricket match between Indian wome and english ladies which nobody no leave alone watch on TV..)Its not him who have created this Game nor he has formulated any thing new or special called "IPL" . Its a concept copied and borrowed from ICL AND EPL.. He just happen to be at the right place at the right time..AS they say every dog has his day Lalit today may be yours.But dont forget even Jagmohan dalmiya have fallen from top.. Be gracefull and gratefull while you are on top or just wait that fall may be round the corner .....

  • Indian on February 24, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Never heard of a guy named Sameer Chopra, wuthor of this blog, just stumbled on this blog. No value add in this blog post, waste of time. Since author is unkown, so what he is doing is trying to ain some fame by using Modi's name, rightly or wrongly, as they say in Hindi yen-ken-prakaren (by whatever means). So that makes you a leach (to Modi) Mr. Sameer Gupta.

  • King K on February 24, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    I seriously hope the IPL is hosted and an international incident takes place like the lahore bus attack on the Sri Lankan team. Then we will have the opportunity to get rid of Lalit Modi forever.... Hmmm sounds interesting, maybe if his b*lls are cut off by the terrorists it will make for interesting viewing.... Please publish this. I am King K and i am not a terrorist.

  • Ashwin on February 24, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    I agree with you that Lalit isn't the most likable chap. But he got it right this time. Want Indian money but don't want to put up with the hardship of playing in India? Don't think so, Mr. Warne & co.

  • raj on February 24, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Lalit Modi is an egoist. He thinks he is bigger than the game.He is blind to the security risks.He thinks foreign cricketers are lap dogs ready to jump when he waves his dollars.He should be brought to his knees.

  • Prasad on February 24, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Ponting has always been the world's biggest whiner when he doesnt get it all his way...wickets are too flat too dry too bouncy too something or the other. Now its the IPL..bcoz he didnt get his. Well kudos to Modi for telling Ponting and the others to shove it. This is OUR tournament and you;re getting paid in millions. Put up or shut up.

  • Dhchdh on February 24, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Plain powerful words from the IPL management. I live in UK & am aware of the negative spin by our media. They keep behaving like jealous cousins as they cannot understand just how did the power shift east!!!!

  • Sundar on February 24, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Good on Modi. I dont think he is as bad as he is made out to be. He is like a businessman who runs a family business. But yes, he does it well. It will be of immense credit to modi if he manages to pull of IPL3 without the 'phoren' stars.

  • TJONES on February 24, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    I think Mr.Modi got it right this time. As hard as it is to swallow for the cricket boards of Australia and England, the reality is that the IPL is here to stay and as long as there is such mass following of cricket as there is in India, the withdrawal of some foreign players is not going to have any significant impact in the tournament.In 2009, the Indian Govt. could not guarantee the safety of the players because of national elections that clashed with the IPL dates, however in 2010, there are no such issues. If some Australian players have an issue travelling to India for "safety reasons", they should stay home,and likewise Indian players may have a genuine concern about touring Australia, where a number of racially motivated attacks were reported recently.As Mr.Modi correctly pointed out, players associations, some of which may have vested interests should not be allowed to hijack an essentially Indian Tournament. Kudos to Mr. Modi for taking a firm stance on this issue.

  • Ram on February 24, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Hosannas?

  • Venkat on February 24, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Pontificate much? Why should we care about your opinion? Because someone gave you the real-estate to post your opinion in Cricinfo?

  • sriram on February 24, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    100% True. IPL is by Indian, for Indians. without intenational players it certainly will loose some sheen, but all is not lost. The show will go on. I wonder what is PCA,ACA,FICA,CA,CSA,ECB and ABCDEF.. are going to say when asked to tour India.Take my word, they simply cannot ignore that their banks will be empty as an Aus vs NZ is neither going to bring profit to Aus or NZ. Kudos to Samir and Mr.Modi

  • Trapdaar on February 24, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Quote: "I similarly find myself reluctant to sing hosannas in praise of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, gentlemen who have plenty of fans but whose achievements I find strangely uninspiring."

    So who cares? You are nothing. Bill gates has SOME achievements - you've got nothing.

  • the wall on February 24, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    I completely support Mr. Modi's stand on the issue.If the home minister of a country assures the security of the sportspersons then i dont think there should not be a problem. You should not expect the IPL to follow your whims and fancies. As for ricky ponting he is a loser.

  • victortrumpet on February 24, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    I understand that in the pre-IPL era, many Indian fans thought their state champions were superior to most of the foreign internationals running around. Alas the 2009 Champions league vanquished that conceit forever. Nonetheless, Modi now says the IPL has the best 200 players in the world. It is logical therefore that each of the 8 IPL teams has 25 players who are in the top 200 in the world. That means the IPL could in fact field 16 teams of 12 or 13 players who are still in the top 200! In truth, the existing teams have only seven or eight of the best internationals (four of whom can play), and two Indian players who are of international caliber, plus another two on the fringe of international caliber. That leaves us with about 100 players maximum (but more likely closer to 80) who are realistically in the top 200 in the world. I luv the IPL, but Modi is wrong to underplay the value of the international players. Without them, the IPL would be little more than amateurish hyperbole.

  • MV Saxena on February 24, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    I am confident that IPL will survive without foreign players. I am sure tat Gilchrist, Warne etc. will definitely come to India to play. No retiree would like to loose suha huge money. It also applied for Bond, players from WI, Sri lanka, bangal desh etc. I do not think players from SA will quit. If IPL is shifted, then CWG will also not held. country will pay huge prize if IPLis shifetef or any untoward incident happened during IPL.

  • larsson on February 24, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    "I similarly find myself reluctant to sing hosannas in praise of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, gentlemen who have plenty of fans but whose achievements I find strangely uninspiring" Why samir?

  • Charindra on February 24, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    This is all fine. But the fact of the matter is that money talks. If this was Sri Lanka or Pakistan, the players wouldn't even be discussing the issue and the tournament would have been moved or called off. It's funny to hear that Shane Warne is keen to play in India, considering the fact that he went on record saying that "a bomb could explode while i'm shopping" when he refused to tour Sri Lanka for a '96 world cup game. Oh the double standards.

  • Satheesh on February 24, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Nice observations Samir... Modi has been perfectly right at this context of the issue, though I too never appreciated him for the amateur commercialization aspects of the IPL & never watched these matches... The foreign players are overly conscious of the security merely based on some pervert terrorist outfit's anonymous threats . If they really come under any sort of attacks, it is going to impact the lives of innocent people around the venues as well. The yard-stick of safety applies to everybody and all lives are equally important, and I believe the Indian Govt can provide adequate security. Media is blowing this news out of proportion & if the foreign players doesn't want to come here, absolutely no issues,who cares!!! Like Modi said, "The heavens aren't going to fall...this is an Indian tournament..".

  • evinu on February 24, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Just not sure why IPL even have to answer to queries from players association. Who cares if some foreigners play or not I will continue to support chennai..

  • Yasien on February 24, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    good post..i liked the analogy of the broken clock. but agree with modi...this is an indian tournament with international players playing a part.

  • Karthik Subramanian on February 24, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    This is absolute plain simple speak by Mr. Modi. Theres mutual dependence for IPL with Foreign contracted player but that doesnt give them the luxury to dictate terms.. IPL has created a new world order in cricketing arena... India dictates and other follow or stay alone... way to go Modi...

  • ravi on February 24, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Neither am I a great admirer of Mr.Modi. But saying this does not absolve us (Indians /IPL /State Machinery) of the responsibility of safeguarding players safety. What happened at Roop Singh stadium during training session is exactly what everyone is scared of; the lackadaisical attitude of de-sensitised security apparatus failing at crucial times. Because, I will bet the the so called political /bureaucratic elite are going to hound the security personnel for favours and we are going to let some risky elements through (afterall david headley was a friend of celebrities and politicians). And I bet he could have befriended Mr.Modi very easily if he had a plat blonde along for a photo feature.

  • Vishal Baghel on February 24, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    An underlying reason, for Modi to put his foot down, would also be the huge monies invested in the "Aapko Bahut Miss Kiya" campaigns ... in various accents !!! How ironic it would be if these same "desiternational" palyers would then have to 'miss' the indian fans again :)

  • Samika on February 24, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Your last statement "And that is a risk that folks in India are used to" is very troublesome. No one, even if they are Iraq / Afghanistan should be USED TO take risks with lives. And I certainly don't think Indians are used to take risks with innocent lives.

  • Sam on February 24, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Yeah, yeah, you won't have had the PC on which you wrote this blog post on if it wasn't for Gates.

  • sandeep on February 24, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    "One reason why I am reluctant to watch IPL games is there is always the chance that I might stumble across the latest Modi photo-op;" Some one finally had the guts to speak his mind !! kdos samir chopra

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  • sandeep on February 24, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    "One reason why I am reluctant to watch IPL games is there is always the chance that I might stumble across the latest Modi photo-op;" Some one finally had the guts to speak his mind !! kdos samir chopra

  • Sam on February 24, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Yeah, yeah, you won't have had the PC on which you wrote this blog post on if it wasn't for Gates.

  • Samika on February 24, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Your last statement "And that is a risk that folks in India are used to" is very troublesome. No one, even if they are Iraq / Afghanistan should be USED TO take risks with lives. And I certainly don't think Indians are used to take risks with innocent lives.

  • Vishal Baghel on February 24, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    An underlying reason, for Modi to put his foot down, would also be the huge monies invested in the "Aapko Bahut Miss Kiya" campaigns ... in various accents !!! How ironic it would be if these same "desiternational" palyers would then have to 'miss' the indian fans again :)

  • ravi on February 24, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Neither am I a great admirer of Mr.Modi. But saying this does not absolve us (Indians /IPL /State Machinery) of the responsibility of safeguarding players safety. What happened at Roop Singh stadium during training session is exactly what everyone is scared of; the lackadaisical attitude of de-sensitised security apparatus failing at crucial times. Because, I will bet the the so called political /bureaucratic elite are going to hound the security personnel for favours and we are going to let some risky elements through (afterall david headley was a friend of celebrities and politicians). And I bet he could have befriended Mr.Modi very easily if he had a plat blonde along for a photo feature.

  • Karthik Subramanian on February 24, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    This is absolute plain simple speak by Mr. Modi. Theres mutual dependence for IPL with Foreign contracted player but that doesnt give them the luxury to dictate terms.. IPL has created a new world order in cricketing arena... India dictates and other follow or stay alone... way to go Modi...

  • Yasien on February 24, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    good post..i liked the analogy of the broken clock. but agree with modi...this is an indian tournament with international players playing a part.

  • evinu on February 24, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Just not sure why IPL even have to answer to queries from players association. Who cares if some foreigners play or not I will continue to support chennai..

  • Satheesh on February 24, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Nice observations Samir... Modi has been perfectly right at this context of the issue, though I too never appreciated him for the amateur commercialization aspects of the IPL & never watched these matches... The foreign players are overly conscious of the security merely based on some pervert terrorist outfit's anonymous threats . If they really come under any sort of attacks, it is going to impact the lives of innocent people around the venues as well. The yard-stick of safety applies to everybody and all lives are equally important, and I believe the Indian Govt can provide adequate security. Media is blowing this news out of proportion & if the foreign players doesn't want to come here, absolutely no issues,who cares!!! Like Modi said, "The heavens aren't going to fall...this is an Indian tournament..".

  • Charindra on February 24, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    This is all fine. But the fact of the matter is that money talks. If this was Sri Lanka or Pakistan, the players wouldn't even be discussing the issue and the tournament would have been moved or called off. It's funny to hear that Shane Warne is keen to play in India, considering the fact that he went on record saying that "a bomb could explode while i'm shopping" when he refused to tour Sri Lanka for a '96 world cup game. Oh the double standards.