The IPL mess September 25, 2013

Lalit Modi expelled from BCCI

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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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  • POSTED BY Donsshaddow on | September 25, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Lalit Modi has done some good for Indian cricket, at least monetarily, with the IPL, but if the BCCI's-version is anything to go by, his presence was not as fruitful as one anticipated. In this day and age, it's difficult to know what the facts are and which party is in the right. One only hopes that this decision and the one's that are taken in the future are for the good of the game world-over.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR 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.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game 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!

  • POSTED BY immi2711 on | September 26, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Hey Hey Hey !!! I just had a crazy crazy idea.... you ready....here 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 :)))))

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2013, 13:26 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY IndCricFan2013 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY kidbuu00700 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

  • POSTED BY 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?

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2013, 6:39 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Donsshaddow on | September 25, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Lalit Modi has done some good for Indian cricket, at least monetarily, with the IPL, but if the BCCI's-version is anything to go by, his presence was not as fruitful as one anticipated. In this day and age, it's difficult to know what the facts are and which party is in the right. One only hopes that this decision and the one's that are taken in the future are for the good of the game world-over.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR 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.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game 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!

  • POSTED BY immi2711 on | September 26, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Hey Hey Hey !!! I just had a crazy crazy idea.... you ready....here 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 :)))))

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2013, 13:26 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY IndCricFan2013 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY kidbuu00700 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

  • POSTED BY 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?

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2013, 6:39 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Sports has got politicised in this country! Can we go back to a time when sport only a sport!

  • POSTED BY londondoc on | September 25, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    All the current BCCI administrators should be expelled for life- not just Modi. Get in fresh faces, honest people who instead of spending half the time bickering and fighting court cases- can take Indian cricket forward. Its amazing how low has Indian cricket administration sunk- has it reached its nadir yet or is there more to go

  • POSTED BY Achettup on | September 25, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    One would assume nothing has any permanence in Indian cricket administration, least of all honour. In 2005 Dalmiya was ousted by a politician, was subsequently banned and he soon forced his way in (Eden Garden suffered for a while, but who cared? JD was back!), eventually even being called back to bolster the ranks when trouble struck. In these petty political struggles between the big egos, token favours and obligatory returns at a convenient time are the name of the game, and someone as determined and opportunistic as Modi can be expected to return sooner rather than later. Whether cricket or the public wins - do they ever? - is another matter altogether.

  • POSTED BY sitaram58 on | September 25, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    All the problems are solved. BCCI has held an inquiry, identified the guilty parties (Sreesanth included) and dealt with them. If the BCCI says all is well - "all is well". If you don't like it then go and play among yourselves!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Mann123 on | September 25, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Its almost funny when BCCI people who are themselves under scanner for their ethical practices question someone else's integrity. Lalit Modi might have had some of the gravy, but remember he caught the chicken and cooked it himself too. It does not absolve him for all the wrong doings, but if there is a question of cleaning up IPL and BCCI, others heads should roll too, first of all that of Srinivasan with such obvious conflict of interest through owning CSK.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | September 25, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Classing case of the big fish getting away -Yes ,the BCCI - while still going about the dubious and non transparent functioning and activities.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | September 25, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    @ jjamie15... You say " They need to stop trying and work with the world governing body to arrest the decline of Test cricket." A fine sentiment but I'm afraid it's wishful thinking. The BCCI have proved by their actions on more than one occasion in the last few years that they are not interested in furthering test cricket,, They are interested only in power and money...And until the rest of the world unites against them, that will continue to be the case.

  • POSTED BY on | September 25, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    BCCI:Management did the right decision. When you see the nice greenfield and if you see weeds in the middle, it doesn't look very good. It has to pull out immediately. The right thing management did in this aspect. Now IPL will run very good without him. You enjoy sports when it's very clean organization. All the best for BCCI.

  • POSTED BY PanGlupek on | September 25, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Didn't really read the article, but my thought on the headline was, "Wow, don't believe it: I thought the BCCI would welcome him back with open arms & be best buddies again". (sorry I know sarcasm isn't cool, but....).

    Attempt to divert attention from other matters?

  • POSTED BY immi2711 on | September 25, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    I am a Pakistani, and every once in a while I will read articles related to India/BCCI. Here is my take on it looking from the outside.... Whatever you might say about BCCI, and as much as I do not like the politics BCCI is playing these days in cricket...you have to admit BCCI has given face, power, and money to cricket. Albeit only with India, but the fruits that cricketers are enjoying these days are because of BCCI. Look when you jump in the mud, you will get dirty. Now it does not give anyone the right to abuse the power, but it happens. You think Srinivassan or another guy is going to be squeaky clean....thing hard. In a perfect world...maybe, but not in this world. So stop badgering BCCI...everybody. I dont like BCCI, but give credit where it is due. BCCI brought cricket to the world stage.

  • POSTED BY on | September 25, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    I previously said this...none of the former cricketers or administers have commented about Srinivasan. Infact, some of them have supported Srini, because they know how much India cement and Srini supported them when BCCI was not the power house in 80's. Club cricket...many forget about this and that is where Srini has contributed lot to Indian cricket. It doesnt matter what IPL team you support, but CSK is a great model for IPL teams. You can hate CSK because they win mostly, but not ban it from IPL. Agreed that his son in law is guilty (for betting and not fixing..know the difference). Punish him and expel him from all cricket related activities, but dont target for Srini's head. If i say this...dont think about my last name and from where i come from...just rationalise the things. That is a big favour to Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | September 25, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    If honest investigation is conducted, I wonder, how many big-wigs of BCCI, current & past will be found out for similar (or worse) activities!

    But, you have to appoint an efficient search to locate 'honesty' within the BCCI! With very little chance of success.

    Now, since the children are in good positions and bringing in big moola & glory; the father can be expelled ... since he has outlived is utility.

    Whatever may be the merits of the case, opportunism in the extreme; thy name is BCCI.

  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | September 25, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    more than ever i want to see srinivasan back at the helm again. He is a true cricket lover than many, ask former cricketters in south india.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | September 25, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Cant wait for his memoirs.....

  • POSTED BY jjamie15 on | September 25, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    When Indian cricket used to be mentioned I thought about my youth, watching Kapil Dev, Gavaskar, then ST, Dravid, Laxman - true greats of the game and so much cricket talent.

    Now, the first thing I think about is BCCI, alleged corruption, power, greed, self interest and divisive mentalities. It's so, so sad. There is a saying in sport that "no one is bigger than the game." They need to stop trying and work with the world governing body to arrest the decline of Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY Mr.PotatoesTomatoes on | September 25, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Well you got to feel suspicious because the decision was taken in ten minutes flat.The express nature of the decision seems to suggest that those who sat as Mr.Modi's jury had already made up their minds.Even though this affair was deliberated upon for quite some time (which suggests a thing or two itself about the strength of the BCCI's accusations against Modi) the promptitude of the SGM members reveals an eagerness to get rid of someone capable of harming their interests.The BCCI was never popular for being fair with its decisions clearly favoring incumbent powers,but of late the bias appears to have grown stronger.Not good for Indian cricket overall.I would love to see an independent inquiry into all the murky going on inside the cloistered walls of the BCCI to cleanse our cricket.

  • POSTED BY Sathyasing on | September 25, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Classic example of self destruction due to self centric attitude.

  • POSTED BY cnksnk on | September 25, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    @srAy... by what 8s reported I think due process was gone through. People like Arun jaitly and Scindia were part of the committee and we have to believe that fhey were fair and neutral. Modi was given a chance to defend himself and give his version. Besides Modi is hardly the epitome of virtue. Remember that he is an absconder and is wanted for questioning by law enforcing agencies. And to your point on Govt take over, the solution is worse than the problem. Going by the way the current dispensation has tackled other serious issues of state and hugh corruption related scandles do u expect anything from them. Please see how politicians dominate the Indian Olympic association and what a mess that is under. We have to improve the current system.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | September 25, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Most similar dealings are surreptitious and hidden. The BCCI obviously thinks it is so powerful it can do whatever it likes and the world will still bow as good servants.. @sweetspot, I'm not sure I have ever read such misguided comments. From this point on I am going to completely ignore any team or competition the BCCI has even the slightest involment in, they do not deserve us, they deserve each other.

  • POSTED BY sray23 on | September 25, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement, any man who is president of a cricket board, owns an ipl franchise and has a family member involved in betting and STILL refuses to do the right thing and quit does not deserve to be in any featured comment! It is irrelevant that India Cements have helped cricketers before - just because it sponsors cricketers (like many other companies do) it does not give its owner the right to toss away all general and business ethics!

  • POSTED BY Newlandsfaithful on | September 25, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    These days the BCCI makes bigger news items than it's cricket players, with all it's scandals and controversies. I can hardly wait for the scores of books that are going to be written one day with all the juicy revelations about the inner workings of the BCCI. Maybe Bollywood could make a movie about it...

  • POSTED BY on | September 25, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    @sray23: God Iam praying for no govt. interference. Because I doesn't want Cricket to go down the way Hockey gone or the functioning of the board like IOA. God only knows what will happen to cricket once GOI interferes. I have more faith in Srinivasan than on someone whom the govt will appoint. I know whom the govt will appoint and who controls the GOI. Sorry my friend but govt can't take over the board during worse period(1999-00) so i am confident that they won't interfere. What indiscipline are you talking about?????? Supreme court granted permission to hold this meeting bcoz they considered this to be legal. And you my friend should respect on what the court of highest order has to say. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | September 25, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    It was only a matter of time. Lalit Modi had this coming. Those that have the temerity to question Mr. Srinivasan's every move haven't come up with a SINGLE charge he can actually be held guilty of, by any law, including BCCIs. The media is perhaps lacking in maturity and acting against him in a covert manner because he threw out American syndication agencies from taking cover under "freedom of press" and prevented them from making money off games that BCCI conducts.

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | September 25, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    This what i hav been saying to espncricinfo.The comment that praises modi listed in featured comment. But none of srinivasan's ever listed in featured section. India cements has been helping cricketters since two decades when india not a power house in world cricket. ex players, column writers, commentators published articles that criticizes (criticism is soft word, they showed their grudge) through their article srinivisan only eventhough ipl headed by rajiv shukla. Espncricinfo did not publish even a single article of the writers, or interviews that supports srinivasan. I dont want espncricinfo to support srinivasan but i ask espncricinfo not to take stand against srinivasan by publishing one sided version. Even you publish sreesanth's version of defense but not srini's. Farokh engineer, ravi shasthri said some good things about srinivasan, you should have published those as a neutral observer but you didnot. I strongly feel you took a stand against srinivisan.

  • POSTED BY on | September 25, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    And in what way does cricket as sport win here?it doesnt,money always wins...#ridiculous

  • POSTED BY on | September 25, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Lalit Modi is the Steve jobs of India....

  • POSTED BY sray23 on | September 25, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    This is funny. An indisciplined board convicting someone of indiscipline. I guess it takes one to know one! The only hope is now the government comes in and does something. It pains me to say that but seriously, cricket governance in India surely cannot get more pathetic than this!

  • POSTED BY robheinen on | September 25, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    He got too arrogant and no one with any weight of decision does that within the BCCI.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 25, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    All hail BCCI!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 25, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    All hail BCCI!!

  • POSTED BY robheinen on | September 25, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    He got too arrogant and no one with any weight of decision does that within the BCCI.

  • POSTED BY sray23 on | September 25, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    This is funny. An indisciplined board convicting someone of indiscipline. I guess it takes one to know one! The only hope is now the government comes in and does something. It pains me to say that but seriously, cricket governance in India surely cannot get more pathetic than this!

  • POSTED BY on | September 25, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Lalit Modi is the Steve jobs of India....

  • POSTED BY on | September 25, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    And in what way does cricket as sport win here?it doesnt,money always wins...#ridiculous

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | September 25, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    This what i hav been saying to espncricinfo.The comment that praises modi listed in featured comment. But none of srinivasan's ever listed in featured section. India cements has been helping cricketters since two decades when india not a power house in world cricket. ex players, column writers, commentators published articles that criticizes (criticism is soft word, they showed their grudge) through their article srinivisan only eventhough ipl headed by rajiv shukla. Espncricinfo did not publish even a single article of the writers, or interviews that supports srinivasan. I dont want espncricinfo to support srinivasan but i ask espncricinfo not to take stand against srinivasan by publishing one sided version. Even you publish sreesanth's version of defense but not srini's. Farokh engineer, ravi shasthri said some good things about srinivasan, you should have published those as a neutral observer but you didnot. I strongly feel you took a stand against srinivisan.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | September 25, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    It was only a matter of time. Lalit Modi had this coming. Those that have the temerity to question Mr. Srinivasan's every move haven't come up with a SINGLE charge he can actually be held guilty of, by any law, including BCCIs. The media is perhaps lacking in maturity and acting against him in a covert manner because he threw out American syndication agencies from taking cover under "freedom of press" and prevented them from making money off games that BCCI conducts.

  • POSTED BY on | September 25, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    @sray23: God Iam praying for no govt. interference. Because I doesn't want Cricket to go down the way Hockey gone or the functioning of the board like IOA. God only knows what will happen to cricket once GOI interferes. I have more faith in Srinivasan than on someone whom the govt will appoint. I know whom the govt will appoint and who controls the GOI. Sorry my friend but govt can't take over the board during worse period(1999-00) so i am confident that they won't interfere. What indiscipline are you talking about?????? Supreme court granted permission to hold this meeting bcoz they considered this to be legal. And you my friend should respect on what the court of highest order has to say. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY Newlandsfaithful on | September 25, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    These days the BCCI makes bigger news items than it's cricket players, with all it's scandals and controversies. I can hardly wait for the scores of books that are going to be written one day with all the juicy revelations about the inner workings of the BCCI. Maybe Bollywood could make a movie about it...

  • POSTED BY sray23 on | September 25, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement, any man who is president of a cricket board, owns an ipl franchise and has a family member involved in betting and STILL refuses to do the right thing and quit does not deserve to be in any featured comment! It is irrelevant that India Cements have helped cricketers before - just because it sponsors cricketers (like many other companies do) it does not give its owner the right to toss away all general and business ethics!