The IPL mess September 25, 2013

Lalit Modi expelled from BCCI

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lalit Modi, the former IPL chairman, has been expelled from the BCCI during a special general meeting (SGM) of the board in Chennai. The unanimous decision was made quickly after the meeting began at 2.00 pm and it came following a series of legal proceedings in court over the last couple of weeks, as Modi tried to stay the SGM. The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the final go-ahead for the BCCI meeting and the board's action was swift and severe.

Anirudh Chaudhary, the Haryana Cricket Association secretary, proposed the expulsion and the motion was seconded by Ranjib Biswal, the Orissa Cricket Association president. The sanction could prevent Modi from holding a position in the board again. The BCCI said it had discussed during the SGM, the findings of the disciplinary committee against Modi, as well as a letter Modi had written to the board secretary on September 24, requesting a postponement of the meeting.

At the SGM the board "resolved that Mr. Lalit Modi is guilty of committing acts of serious misconduct and indiscipline, and therefore, in exercise of powers as per Regulation 32 of the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the Board, Mr. Lalit Modi be and is hereby expelled from the BCCI. He shall forfeit all his rights and privileges as Administrator. He shall not in future be entitled to hold any position or office, or be admitted in any Committee or any member or associate member of the Board."

Modi, speaking to Times Now said he would continue to fight the BCCI. "I expected the ban, it's sad for Indian cricket because it shows the BCCI is least concerned for the integrity of cricket," he said. "It's a cosy club. I'm going to be here, fighting them. I think Indian cricket needs cleansing and as far as I am concerned I am going to go after them. Till now they were colleagues. Time has now come to take everything out of the box and put it in public domain.

"I was already gone. I was suspended for three years. I kept fighting. I will continue to fight. I am moving on, I am looking at other sports. Wait and watch ... it's a global league. I have not been sitting here idle."

The BCCI's disciplinary committee had found Modi guilty on eight different charges of "various acts of indiscipline and misconduct". The charges, relating to irregularities in various financial and administrative matters of the IPL including the sale of franchise and media rights, were pressed by the BCCI in 2010 soon after Modi's swift and dramatic exit from the league he founded.

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  • Jo on September 27, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    Probably BCCI can be renamed as BCI (Removing word "Control" from its name). Word "Control" stands for arrogance and the BCCI uses it to its fullest meaning. Worst than mindless dictator. Control should be given to stable and reliable, when absent should be taken away, including the governing entity.

  • David on September 26, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    All should be reminded that the current acting BCCI President, Jagmohan Dalmiya, was accused of embezzling funds from the World Cup and expelled by the BCCI! Dalmiya is both an ex ICC & BCCI president, and his "expulsion" did not last long - it was all pure politics, as is Modi's case. The one defining feature of these characters - none were cricket players of any note. They are all players of the money game, not of the greatest game!

  • iman on September 26, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Hey Hey Hey !!! I just had a crazy crazy idea.... you it comes...

    Lalit Mode for PCB chief.... OMG, If there is one, please listen to my prayers. I am from PAK, and I think this is the man, that put some life in PCB....Now having said that, I am not taking any guarantee for his life :)))))

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    as far as india is winning and selection panel is doing well,let them all do anything

  • Chandra on September 26, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Mr. Modi, there is no question, you have provided your maximum thinking for the BCCI. You were the right man at the right place when starting and running IPL. But further you have done things that others in BCCI also do, but you got caught in the politics. Managing politics and living with it, adjusting with it to survive are also skills that a person need to posses to remain in the highest place. It is ugly, but a sad truth. Obviously, you lagged people skills on few things, which happens when you are at the top. So, you got to accept and move on. You are not person who needs to worry about money or anything like that and If you believe in your skills why do not you restart your innings. First would be to drop the cases, stop talking in the twitter criticizing and start talking with people. You could create something like IPL some where else, if not in India.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Its funny that Mr.Srinivasan has earned a lot of fans in the last few months. Some CSK fans are blindly supporting him just because he happens to own CSK.

  • Vedant on September 26, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    If Srinivasan son in law has been arrested he should quit . Politics is coming into cricket in india hope police find meyippan guilty

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    It's all a waste. What's the point of discussing these scandals and pointing fingers. At the end of the day all of them may be working together, who knows?

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    And what are the 8 different charges of guilt??? What a mockery!!!

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Lalit Modi may have erred,but those that threw stones to bid him farewell need to be examined.It's the way the world works.