The IPL mess September 25, 2013

I'll go after them - Lalit Modi

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • Rahul_78 on September 26, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    There are many critics of Modi out there in the world. But the bottom line is he took the earnings of the cricket players to the new level. Earlier many a cricketers used to toil hard for years playing club and A-division cricket and go into obscurity with no financial future at all. We had many Ranji and Test level players who were strugling to make their ends meal after retirement. Today we have fairy tales of Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and many more who came into limelight with strong IPL performances and made it big in International circket. We have 42 years old Tambe and a very young Sanju Samsung who are rubing shoulders with legend like Dravid and top international cricketer like Watson. If a tallent is out there then there is very good chance that he will be picked to play IPL and for many a guys who dont or wont make it to the International cricket their finances are taken care of by playing IPL. Credit should go to Modi for it. Alas he became too arrogant for his own good.

  • 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.

  • TheOnlyEmperor 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.

  • santoshjohnsamuel 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.

  • ssenthil 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Cpt.Meanster 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.

  • elifant 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.

  • Rahul_78 on September 26, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    There are many critics of Modi out there in the world. But the bottom line is he took the earnings of the cricket players to the new level. Earlier many a cricketers used to toil hard for years playing club and A-division cricket and go into obscurity with no financial future at all. We had many Ranji and Test level players who were strugling to make their ends meal after retirement. Today we have fairy tales of Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and many more who came into limelight with strong IPL performances and made it big in International circket. We have 42 years old Tambe and a very young Sanju Samsung who are rubing shoulders with legend like Dravid and top international cricketer like Watson. If a tallent is out there then there is very good chance that he will be picked to play IPL and for many a guys who dont or wont make it to the International cricket their finances are taken care of by playing IPL. Credit should go to Modi for it. Alas he became too arrogant for his own good.

  • 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.

  • TheOnlyEmperor 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.

  • santoshjohnsamuel 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.

  • ssenthil 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Cpt.Meanster 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.

  • elifant 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.

  • PratUSA on September 25, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Eagerly waiting to see what he is going to reveal. Why didn't he reveal it already, why he had to be expelled first? Isn't he implying that he protects wrong doings if he is in good terms with doers? I am no fan of Srinivasan and his subordinates but Lalit Modi will also do world of sports a favor by staying away. He must however let everything out in open he really has anything to disclose because sooner we can free BCCI of current management better it will be for cricket.

  • Mr_Anonymous on September 25, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Mr. Modi,

    I can understand your frustration. However, I would request that you consider moving on. As you have mentioned you had already gone. This decision probably does not affect your future plans. Find a new sport/find a new venture to be associated with. There are people (me included) who still admire you for your skills and suffice to say that the IPL would not have gotten off the ground without your vision, guidance, management and shep-herding in the initial years. We can use more people like you in sports administration. Having vendetta/revenge in mind will not help your cause. Let bygones be bygones. Started with a fresh mind and without the burden of your cricketing past. I am sure you can learn from this experience and attempt to do even better in your next venture. Good luck!

  • on September 25, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    . It always the people of India who has helped India gain so much dominance and they will be the final judge of what Modi has to say

  • on September 25, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    He is a genius...without him we wouldn't have got IPL..he did not deserve this unfair treatment at all

  • BigINDFan on September 25, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    So he is going to fight the organization he was part of. Of course he can share the secrets but if he wants to be credible in other ventures he should focus on that. The only way BCCI can improve is get rid of politicians and business men from administration. It is a cricket body and needs people directly connected to cricket.

  • CricketChat on September 25, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Well, if Modi does expose unethical irregularities within the BCCI, it will only help restore balance of power within cricket and ICC, in general. BCCI's unreasonable and high handed behavior due to IPL money power has already severe polarization within cricketing world.

  • Vamsi.Tetali on September 25, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    The smartest man who has ever led anything in India, forget just cricket. I hope he invests himself in creating sports properties instead of going after the BCCI. The BCCI has the same kind of people there are in most places in India, so removing corruption from there is a fight that is significantly larger than just fighting these 10-15 guys.

    Whatever you do, good luck Modi. Thanks for giving us the IPL, easily two of the more entertaining months of the year for me.

  • vatsap on September 25, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    It is the media I say. Let the media cut the coverage of a guy like Modi and he will be forgotten. All he wants is the lime light by killing the game, the game is killed already thanks to his marketing every single piece attached to IPL/Cricket. Didn't he also form a "Cozy Club" along with his friends giving his friends an IPL team as no one else wanted to take the risk. Just ignore him totally, things can get better.

  • on September 25, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    He doesn't have to take legal recourse. He just have to agree with any world class publisher to publish his memoirs with BCCI. That will not only fetch him enough dough (he is no saint, when it comes to that); and 'revenge' / 'retribution', whichever way he may want to label it!

  • on September 25, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    He doesn't have to take legal recourse. He just have to agree with any world class publisher to publish his memoirs with BCCI. That will not only fetch him enough dough (he is no saint, when it comes to that); and 'revenge' / 'retribution', whichever way he may want to label it!

  • vatsap on September 25, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    It is the media I say. Let the media cut the coverage of a guy like Modi and he will be forgotten. All he wants is the lime light by killing the game, the game is killed already thanks to his marketing every single piece attached to IPL/Cricket. Didn't he also form a "Cozy Club" along with his friends giving his friends an IPL team as no one else wanted to take the risk. Just ignore him totally, things can get better.

  • Vamsi.Tetali on September 25, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    The smartest man who has ever led anything in India, forget just cricket. I hope he invests himself in creating sports properties instead of going after the BCCI. The BCCI has the same kind of people there are in most places in India, so removing corruption from there is a fight that is significantly larger than just fighting these 10-15 guys.

    Whatever you do, good luck Modi. Thanks for giving us the IPL, easily two of the more entertaining months of the year for me.

  • CricketChat on September 25, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Well, if Modi does expose unethical irregularities within the BCCI, it will only help restore balance of power within cricket and ICC, in general. BCCI's unreasonable and high handed behavior due to IPL money power has already severe polarization within cricketing world.

  • BigINDFan on September 25, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    So he is going to fight the organization he was part of. Of course he can share the secrets but if he wants to be credible in other ventures he should focus on that. The only way BCCI can improve is get rid of politicians and business men from administration. It is a cricket body and needs people directly connected to cricket.

  • on September 25, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    He is a genius...without him we wouldn't have got IPL..he did not deserve this unfair treatment at all

  • on September 25, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    . It always the people of India who has helped India gain so much dominance and they will be the final judge of what Modi has to say

  • Mr_Anonymous on September 25, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Mr. Modi,

    I can understand your frustration. However, I would request that you consider moving on. As you have mentioned you had already gone. This decision probably does not affect your future plans. Find a new sport/find a new venture to be associated with. There are people (me included) who still admire you for your skills and suffice to say that the IPL would not have gotten off the ground without your vision, guidance, management and shep-herding in the initial years. We can use more people like you in sports administration. Having vendetta/revenge in mind will not help your cause. Let bygones be bygones. Started with a fresh mind and without the burden of your cricketing past. I am sure you can learn from this experience and attempt to do even better in your next venture. Good luck!

  • PratUSA on September 25, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Eagerly waiting to see what he is going to reveal. Why didn't he reveal it already, why he had to be expelled first? Isn't he implying that he protects wrong doings if he is in good terms with doers? I am no fan of Srinivasan and his subordinates but Lalit Modi will also do world of sports a favor by staying away. He must however let everything out in open he really has anything to disclose because sooner we can free BCCI of current management better it will be for cricket.

  • elifant 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.