The IPL mess September 25, 2013

I'll go after them - Lalit Modi

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lalit Modi, the former IPL chairman who has been expelled by the BCCI on charges of indiscipline and financial impropriety, has promised to keep fighting against what he alleged was a corrupt organisation, a "cosy club". Modi said it was easier now for him to attack the BCCI.

"I am in one way happy," Modi told Times Now. "Now I can openly go after them. Till now they were all colleagues and friends. The time has come to unravel everything, take everything out of the box, and put everything out in the public domain. All secrets will be out sooner than later. I will continue to go after them. We have had enough of this cosy club and it is time these people were all taken to task."

Modi said "these people" were damaging not just the IPL, but also the game of cricket. "People who are doing wrong to the IPL and to the cricket will go along with them," he said. " I am not going to run away. I am here. I will fight them. It gives me more of a resolve to fight them. The fans around the globe deserve clean cricket. Indian cricket needs cleansing. The BCCI is going to be the target for me as far as I am concerned."

Modi said he had been expecting the ban and that he "was already gone", but also said he did not understand the charges against him. "I don't toe the line they liked me to toe," he said. "I am toeing the line of what is good for the game and for the product. That's the difference between them and me. I have always done that. My track record shows that. What happens is, if I don't toe their line, I am branded indisciplined. I am happy to live with that indiscipline."

Modi didn't speak of what legal recourse he is looking at the moment, but said he was possibly moving on to other sports. "I am looking at other sports," he said. "Wait and watch. I can't tell you know. You will soon hear about it. I am moving on.

"It is a global league and you will hear about it very soon. I have not been sitting here idle. I have lots and lots of friends around the world, administrators of various sports, who think my talent is needed. They have been working with me."

Modi was quick to say that it wouldn't mean giving up fighting the BCCI. "You know I am a fighter," he said. "I am not just going to roll away and disappear, even if I have another sport to run."

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  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    ABSOLUTELY BOSS I am a big FAN of the Charismatic Mr.Lalit Modi. Whatever the Outcome may be, but I admire his fighting/ stubborn capacity. Why not? Now he has been banned. But who knows he will go one step higher, will prove his innocents. Absolutely you are right that BCCI is 100/times powerful than Mr.Lalit Modi being a One Man Army. Hope Mr.Lalit Modi doesn't side line himself as still the Water is hot from both ends. If secrets Mr.Lalit Modi is having in his belly, he should Vomit than prolonging, thus extending the on going subject will surely have no impact. ALL THE BEST to Mr.Lalit Modi, go all out for the Kill and WIN by a Margin.

  • Kannan on September 26, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    It is important for people to speak out about systemic evils rather than scratch each others' backs. It will greatly help if Modi speaks out, no matter what he has done in the past. People may claim that Modi is prejudiced, but then I see a lot of writers and news broadcasters being heavily prejudiced and biased themselves as they present a slanted take to various events.

    I think Modi will leave a lasting positive legacy to Indian cricket, if his exposures can clean up Indian cricket. Even as things stand, on balance, I think Modi has done considerably more good than harm to Indian cricket, and that is much better than can be said of the various personalities associated with cricket administration who IMO have not done anything significant at all to merit even a citation of meaning.

  • santosh on September 26, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    One crook trying to bring down the other crooks. No sympathies for Modi or the rest of the gang at BCCI, but i hope Modi stays true to his words and exposes the BCCI rot. Some good might still come out of this whole episode if it leads to changes in the manner the game is managed in this country.

  • Senthil on September 26, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    All credit of IPL should go to Kapil Dev not to the copy cat Lalit Modi. He is just plain copied the version and auction system from Football leagues all over the world. He did nothing creative. Without him also IPL would have developed and he wouldn't be claiming as much as Modi about boasting about IPL creator. The Bottom line is he deserved this one since his axe he didn't come up to Public to fight. That shows he is having problems, now you just don't cry over this.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    There is a proverb that says "if you eat salt; you need to drink water". No point in shouting at BCCI now, Mr.Modi; you deserved it.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Actually he won't be able to do much at all. This rhetoric usually comes when a man is defeated and is almost down and out and has to pretend to be strong by using some strong language. BCCI has won. And I am not all that unhappy in this particular instance.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Let's see, Modi has secrets of the BCCI. These secrets could only have been known to insiders. That makes sense that Modi knows them, because he was an insider. When Modi was an insider, he could not have revealed these secrets because of some contract of non-disclosures.

    Sounds reasonable.

    So why did he continue to be in such an organization instead of quitting and exposing them earlier?

  • Jay on September 26, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    As much as I can understand his anger and frustration at this verdict, Mr. Modi CANNOT do anything to the BCCI's establishment. The BCCI is strong and mighty. Even the ICC can't do anything without the BCCI's approval. This is a classic case of a victim trying to expose his former bread providers. If Modi really wanted to help Indian cricket become a lot more accountable and transparent, he would have done so whilst in power. Sadly, now he has become a desolate man in exile, victimized by the very same power, authority, and ego he used formely as a top man in Indian cricket. I can't see him do anything that would harm the BCCI. He will vanish within a few more months just like the ICL tournament which ironically Modi helped to destroy in order to create the IPL, which in turn has finally brought his end.

  • Sunil on September 25, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    All this high-minded talk from Mr Modi about what is good for the game is fine, but when he was part of the BCCI, his conduct was not exactly transparent and he had lots of conflict of interest. He also favored his friends and relatives even though he may not have been personally corrupt. He can show us what he is made of by running whatever organization or sport he becomes a part of in a transparent, above board manner and demonstrate that he can play by the rules. Talk is cheap, he has to walk the walk.