The IPL mess April 24, 2010

'I won't quit, let them remove me'

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There is no sign of a compromise between Lalit Modi and the BCCI over the IPL with a day to go for the crucial IPL governing council meeting. On Saturday, the BCCI top leadership was huddled in a series of meetings planning their strategy for Monday; by the evening Modi ended his silence of several days by sending out a message through his Twitter feed that he would not be backing down in what he called a "trial by media".

Adding to the complexity of the situation were the statements of support for Modi from franchise owners, whose role in resolving the crisis - by way of compatibility with any future leadership - would be crucial.

Amid the shadow-boxing and unstated positions was the question of how Sharad Pawar - officially the ICC's president-elect but de facto still the most powerful man in Indian cricket - would defuse a crisis that has seen his family and that of his party and cabinet colleague Praful Patel dragged in. There were reports that Pawar was working on a compromise formula that would see Modi exit the IPL without being disgraced but it is not clear whether such a deal would stand scrutiny from those more hostile to Modi both within the board and - given Pawar's political avatar - in the public sphere.

On record, the most dramatic statements were from Modi, who broke a five-day silence by coming out on Twitter. "People pressurising me to resign - I can tell you will not happen. Let them remove me then," he tweeted. "Truth will prevail soon. Trial by media and no chance to present the facts is like the wild west.

"Wait for the IPL to finish," he said, "I will reveal the men who have tried to bring disrepute to the game and how we stopped them from doing it."

His messages came a day after the IPL's awards ceremony, where the BCCI's top two officials were missing, and a day before the tournament final. On Friday night, his speech at the awards ceremony was interpreted as a sort of farewell speech and the tone continued in Saturday's tweets. "What we have done has been there for all of you to see for the past 4 years. No one can take that away."

The men who would take that away spent the day first at the BCCI headquarters and later, reportedly, at a city hotel trying to sort out the legal, administrative and political issues. The IPL's governing council will meet formally on Monday morning - BCCI president Shashank Manohar confirmed the meeting would go ahead as scheduled - to discuss the issue but they would like a plan in place by then.

Speculation has begun on who will replace Modi as IPL chairman, with Manohar a clear front-runner for a role in an overseeing capacity, and Ravi Shastri, the former India all-rounder, an outside bet for an executive position. Those familiar with the situation suggest that Manohar's name will be nominated for the chairman's position as soon as a consensus is taken on Modi.

"Shashank Manohar should be the first choice," one of the IPL governing council members told Cricinfo. "In whatever capacity he is willing to serve, he is the ideal replacement."

Punters had already tipped Manohar as a favourite for interim chairman of the IPL as Modi's grip over the IPL weakened by the minute in the last week over numerous allegations that have federal agencies like the Income-Tax department and the Enforcement Directorate investigating all aspects of the league's operations.

Unlike the high profile that Modi has maintained, Manohar is low key, almost austere and inscrutable. A lawyer by profession, he mostly operates from his hometown of Nagpur. His biggest strengths are his simplicity and discipline - and, perhaps, his reluctance to entertain the media. "He is honest and has no allegiance to anyone else. Also his untainted image is necessary for the board at the moment," said the source.

But not everyone is entirely sure if Manohar's clean image by itself makes him a suitable choice. "A large part of working in the IPL is you are dealing with team owners who are not used to taking no for an answer," a franchise official said. "You need somebody who is used to dealing with the corporate world. People who works for only the BCCI or for himself like Shashank Manohar, who is a lawyer, is used to diktats and not used to dealing with industry bosses. If you don't understand their problems then there will be huge differences."

A better choice, according to the official, would be Shastri, whose cricketing background coupled with his diversified interests in the corporate field make him a good proposition. Shastri has logged in more than a decade in the corporate industry in areas such as television, and event management. "The IPL sits on a huge bridge between industry and cricket. Being a man who has his own event management company, knows the showbiz, has worked on both sides, Shastri is not a bad choice. That in this case could prove to be a vital difference," the franchise official pointed out.

The franchises are a big factor in this issue and on Saturday there was some support for Modi, who has been the target of what some have called a witch-hunt, from two franchise owners. Vijay Mallya, the owner of the Bangalore franchise, met Pawar and is believed to have pleaded Modi's case. "Modi must be given an opportunity at some point of time to explain himself. This whole controversy has become an unnecessary toofan (storm). Yes, there may be some questions about the way in which IPL runs. Clearly, some governing council members may not be happy. Let all that be properly investigated," Mallya said after the meeting.

Also on Saturday, the actress Preity Zinta, a co-owner of the Punjab franchise, said Modi has been unfairly singled out and deserved credit for making the IPL what it is. Her comments echoed those of Jay Mehta, the co-owner of the Kolkata franchise, on Friday; he said, "To make one person the fall guy for this is unfortunate". There were also tweets from Shah Rukh Khan and Shilpa Shetty, stakeholders in the Kolkata and Jaipur franchises, supporting Modi.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • mattsinha on April 25, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    Modi did nothing but copying Kapil dev's Ideas. Blue print etc. you don't understand do you? Blue print for other sports in India. God save other sport in India!

  • salu2001 on April 25, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    I agree Lalit Modi has done a great job for ipl & that's a reason modi was high in sky, he forgot this is INDIA where person goes step by step to achive fame & sucess ,but modi tried to climb as fast as he can as & finally he is pushed from top to ground BUT I WOULD SUGGEST SOMETHING TO MODI THAT DONT MESS WITH SHARAD PAWAR , if u r trying to go against him YOU WLL BE NOWHERE believe me

  • cricdeep on April 25, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    One again the cunning Modi has struck with literally no choice. It is very obvious that he will be kicked out of IPL, if he does not attend the meeting. Not that he will remain, should he be present. Why can't Modi promote other sports, he had boasted that he is willing to give a blue print for a hockey league. Let him prove his mettle in other sports, as we all know cricket sells in India. Anyone in Modi's place too would have brought the league to what it is now. Most of the concepts were borrowed from other international leagues.

  • nauroze123456 on April 25, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    If Modi sticks this out, he will still be the IPL commissioner. He can at any time bring the black deals of BBCI in public and the government will also not press the issue because the NCP can remove its support from the government and the government will fall. So its up to Modi to survive or not !!

  • mattsinha on April 25, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    I still do not understand why no one seem to take notice of the fact that IPL is doing nothing to improve cricket grass roots, infrastructure (with all its billion dollars: as soon as you start talk about Dollars in India you shown a weakness already to the outer world) and definitely nothing is going to help the true format of cricket, the test cricket and certainly harming the development of other sports in the cricket mad Country. Step Back, look at this from 'outside the box'. An ordinary Indian Like you and me get nothing from this 'billion dollars enterprise"

  • V.Rajaa on April 25, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    ha..ha..haa.. History repeats itself. Well. The plyers from ICL were welcomed, and then y not the officials. Let Kapil take his own place in IPL and make India proud. He is a clear decision maker as we knew that from his decisions in wc'83 and not an arrogant man like the Modi. But I guess whomsoever in a name Modi, will always makes storm in their field.., think Gujarath and Modi.. lol.

  • Shazzmalik on April 25, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    I believe BCCI is really wise as Modi is becoming more & more powerful, with addition of 02 new teams, it means next there would be 2-3 months ipl only which will destroy the international cricket. ICL or IPL, in either case, it was a great way to legalize the black money,,so the indian gov should immediately cease it..

  • on April 25, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    madi musr leave the cricket becase this is a gentle men's game not the a gamblers game. His past is very clear infornt of every one, he is very disputed person

  • NeyamatUllah on April 25, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    I THINK ITS TIME TO PEOPLES OF INDIA TO SUPPORT LALIT MODI FOR HIS STANDS. MODI MADE IPL A SUCCESS IN T20 CRICKET THERE IS NO DOUBT. ALTHOUGH ICC YET TO RECOGNISED IPL. BUT I HAVE NO DOUBT SOONER ICC WILL INVOLVED IN IPL FOR FOR THE FUTURE OF CRICKET, I MEAN ICC WILL DO MORE TO DEVELOP WHERE EVER ITS POSSIBLE. SO PLS STANDS FOR MODI AND BCCI SHOULD THINK POSITIVE OVER IPL AND RESOLVED THE ISSUES.

  • raj_gy on April 25, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    modi is arrogant and must go..

  • mattsinha on April 25, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    Modi did nothing but copying Kapil dev's Ideas. Blue print etc. you don't understand do you? Blue print for other sports in India. God save other sport in India!

  • salu2001 on April 25, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    I agree Lalit Modi has done a great job for ipl & that's a reason modi was high in sky, he forgot this is INDIA where person goes step by step to achive fame & sucess ,but modi tried to climb as fast as he can as & finally he is pushed from top to ground BUT I WOULD SUGGEST SOMETHING TO MODI THAT DONT MESS WITH SHARAD PAWAR , if u r trying to go against him YOU WLL BE NOWHERE believe me

  • cricdeep on April 25, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    One again the cunning Modi has struck with literally no choice. It is very obvious that he will be kicked out of IPL, if he does not attend the meeting. Not that he will remain, should he be present. Why can't Modi promote other sports, he had boasted that he is willing to give a blue print for a hockey league. Let him prove his mettle in other sports, as we all know cricket sells in India. Anyone in Modi's place too would have brought the league to what it is now. Most of the concepts were borrowed from other international leagues.

  • nauroze123456 on April 25, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    If Modi sticks this out, he will still be the IPL commissioner. He can at any time bring the black deals of BBCI in public and the government will also not press the issue because the NCP can remove its support from the government and the government will fall. So its up to Modi to survive or not !!

  • mattsinha on April 25, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    I still do not understand why no one seem to take notice of the fact that IPL is doing nothing to improve cricket grass roots, infrastructure (with all its billion dollars: as soon as you start talk about Dollars in India you shown a weakness already to the outer world) and definitely nothing is going to help the true format of cricket, the test cricket and certainly harming the development of other sports in the cricket mad Country. Step Back, look at this from 'outside the box'. An ordinary Indian Like you and me get nothing from this 'billion dollars enterprise"

  • V.Rajaa on April 25, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    ha..ha..haa.. History repeats itself. Well. The plyers from ICL were welcomed, and then y not the officials. Let Kapil take his own place in IPL and make India proud. He is a clear decision maker as we knew that from his decisions in wc'83 and not an arrogant man like the Modi. But I guess whomsoever in a name Modi, will always makes storm in their field.., think Gujarath and Modi.. lol.

  • Shazzmalik on April 25, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    I believe BCCI is really wise as Modi is becoming more & more powerful, with addition of 02 new teams, it means next there would be 2-3 months ipl only which will destroy the international cricket. ICL or IPL, in either case, it was a great way to legalize the black money,,so the indian gov should immediately cease it..

  • on April 25, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    madi musr leave the cricket becase this is a gentle men's game not the a gamblers game. His past is very clear infornt of every one, he is very disputed person

  • NeyamatUllah on April 25, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    I THINK ITS TIME TO PEOPLES OF INDIA TO SUPPORT LALIT MODI FOR HIS STANDS. MODI MADE IPL A SUCCESS IN T20 CRICKET THERE IS NO DOUBT. ALTHOUGH ICC YET TO RECOGNISED IPL. BUT I HAVE NO DOUBT SOONER ICC WILL INVOLVED IN IPL FOR FOR THE FUTURE OF CRICKET, I MEAN ICC WILL DO MORE TO DEVELOP WHERE EVER ITS POSSIBLE. SO PLS STANDS FOR MODI AND BCCI SHOULD THINK POSITIVE OVER IPL AND RESOLVED THE ISSUES.

  • raj_gy on April 25, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    modi is arrogant and must go..

  • plow on April 25, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    I am literally laughing my rrs off at Modi.

    There is a well known saying called "what goes around comes around"

    The irony of him making accusations about Chris Cairns for match fixing which was complete and utter lies to the situation he faces now where he is in the firing line for financial juggling?!?

    You had it coming Modi, that's all.

    I wonder if you will learn anything form it? or even find yourself big enough to admit you made a msitake about Cairns and maybe even offer a public apology about it.. I doubt it... you are only interested in your own gain.

    And now look where you are.

    what goes around comes around.

  • sray23 on April 25, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    It should be noted that at this stage all allegations of impropriety against Modi are either unproven (eg. allegations of betting on IPL matches) or no worse than the impropriety of the other stakeholders involved in the saga (eg. Modi's stepson-in-law is said to have a stake in the Rajasthan Royals, but how is that any worse than the Hon BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan is an IPL GC member and owning an IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings?). And how can we be sure that the authorities after Modi, all govt controlled agencies, have not been sent on a witchhunt by the govt and are going to deal with all stakeholders involved (Congress and non-Congress) by equal standards? Better to launch an indept investigation, let the facts come out and then take long term actions. In the interim the GC should be stood down and replaced with an indept body with individuals with intergrity on it, and Modi should continue in an executive role with all decisions re: IPL going through this body.

  • ABHI389 on April 25, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    We(INDIANS) all have to look at the dis-repaired condition of IPL mania, which in my sense is resulting in immense deprivation to the already dismantled financial position of India in serving the NECESSITOUS(about 24% percent of Indians are EXTREMELY poor,mind u they r far worse than BPL).It is diverting the huge INDIAN public currency into the hands of few BIG FISHES. On the other hand it is killing the interest towards other GAMES also i suppose it may unnecessarily increase the disparities,feeling of animosity between the different regions of India.THANX TO THE OUTBURST OF RECENT IPL SCANDAL,at-least it has let us back think on what INDIA is aheading towards.At the end i would like to say one thing that 'THERE IS NO NEED FOR INDIA TO HOST THIS OVERPRICED IPL at this moment' . ALL THIS MAY HAVE A LITTLE EFFECT ON us(we are at a far better situation than most of out country(INDIA) men), but we must come out of this system..

  • on April 25, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    @Amir Rana buddy y dont you take care of your own home business. first get it straight with PCB and its players and then show interest in IPL or BCCI. And if you are really hurt for not having Pakistani players in IPL then pakistan shud start its own domestic league and not have Indian Players, which I think it wont even survive half season.

  • on April 25, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    hey folks,.I feel tht every indians need proper therapy and good education system before analysis the issues.... IPL is a great game... people are having fun all over the world through ipl.... why u people connect the sport and politics? let the sport be the way it supposed to be.... then u can dream abt 2 gold medals in single olympic....

  • BrianCharlesVivek on April 25, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Hmm Ravi Shastri for the top job. If you have clearly followed his commentary, you can very well figure out that he is not authoritative and decision making. Even for a clear cut boundary, he ll say "he is chasing the ball:" and only after the ball reaches the line he says, " the ball wins the race here". i mean to say he is conservative. if you take the case of lawry , he says it the moment the ball leaves tha bat. two examkples i can giveis the 92 WC match b/w Ind and AUS. THe two last over fours from MORE and the 99 WC two last over fours from KLusener. And the run out of CUllinan in the same match. that is called JUDGEMENT and Decision making.

  • JonB007 on April 25, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    frankly we see they is an old west lynch mob & i'm not a fan of either. He's asking 1 week & under the circumstances he should e given that week to get ready unless the lynchers are hiding something for a quick unjustified execution & take that opportunity to fill their pocket. Under these circumstances 1 week is no big deal, further now that these executioners want blood, i would suggest the revenue/tax dept plus other govt. agencies investigating this matter TAKE UP INVESTIGATING THEM ALL(including BCCI). BCCI PROVE IT YOU ARE CLEAN BEFORE YOU ACCUSE SOMEONE ELSE.

  • JonB007 on April 25, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    1) federal govt. has not been completed. 2) he's asking for a delay of 1 week understandable that IPL matches are going on. 3) all aligations so far. democracy means it has to be proven before someone is said to be guilty. 4) if there is a big hurry to hang him, let the othere prove they are the law to hang him. 5) frankly it appears to be a witch hunt by others who SMELL AN OPPORTUNITY FOR POCKETING MONEY FOR THEMSELVES, else give mody a chance to defend himself. Pure and simple. 6) he's been accused, now either the accuser proves it or let the defender defend it.

  • KTiwari on April 25, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    IPL is a private league not a government organization. I am still not able to understand the corruption angle here. The income tax department can only charge for not paying income tax for some undeclared income and ED can charge for some forex rule violation. But I think income tax or ED can come and investigate and can find some fault with anyone..even including normal people making comments. They can always find some mistake and if not then they can create some............

  • on April 25, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    Amir

    It is indian league...Pakistan can start its own and exclude Indian players. You are barking at a wrong tree, Icc cannot investigate into something where it has no jurisdiction that is like saying Ranji trophy or english county games should take players from all countries

  • khmayecha on April 25, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    Can we have a voting poll for the following abbrevation. What do you think IPL stands for: Indian Politicians League ? Indian Punters League ? Indian Players League ?

    I am sure the least option will get the minimum votes :-)

  • on April 24, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    IPL is a Pride for India and Modi deserve the credit for it. Yeah nobody can take away it from him.

  • mattsinha on April 24, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    People of India have to take a look at what this IPL has done to Indian cricket. Nothing! It has filled the pockets of foreign players and some indian cricketers as well, who are well off in any case with the fame that they have bought themselves, some deservedly so, some perhaps not, fueled by the 'cricket madness' that prevails in the country. I still see women wearing wrinkled sarries coming out with their brooms to clean the pitch at chepauk on Test match intervals. Where is the infrastructure, where is the feed for the grass roots? If this IPL is so successful why hasn't the cricketing infrastructure improving especially in the south. More worryingly, this IPL mania could kill other sports in the country. Alright, cricket is the only sport we are good at, But, It souldn't be a reason why other already dying/unpopular sports in our country would still need to suffer more. Remember Olympics, How many medals did we win? for a population of over 1.1 billion. Look at CHINA, Learn.

  • on April 24, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Exactly what are the allegations *against* Modi?

    I don't like the man for his past criminal background, the way he treated Kapil Dev and the players who went to the ICL, and how he's a micro-managing control freak who wants to dictate what players and commentators can and cannot say (remember "mediocre"?).

    Having said that, I don't know anything that Modi has done that's "irregular" - let alone illegal. If someone does, please be kind enough to point that out.

    Because the only illegal and/or irregular dealings in IPL I have seen reported in the media have to do with Shashi Tharoor (someone I always held in the highest regard for his intellect and his days at the United Nations) and N. Srinivasan (who has a clear conflict of interest as the owner of Chennai Super Kings *and* the Secretary of the BCCI.

    As I see it, N. Srinivasan - and others of his ilk - are trying to protect themselves and others who may be involved in irregularities/illegalities, a la Shashi Tharoor.

  • Vikram_Rathore on April 24, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    Politicians wants a share of the IPL pie... all this is targeted on that...

  • on April 24, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    give him a chance to prove him....

  • Rajesh. on April 24, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    IPL ---- Indian PROBLEM League

  • on April 24, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.......well...whatever...i am loving it

  • on April 24, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    There are few things I would like to mentioned here.

    1: Politicians are inactive in all 45 days, nobody ready participate in strike, bandh, burning vehicles, chakka jaam, these are all their matches but all the people are busy in watching IPL after a day-long work with much interest. All politicians are jobless in these 45 days of carnival.

    2: Multiplexes and mollywood suffered a lot during this carnival.

    3: Television TRP dropped drastically during IPL.

    4: News channels are busy washing Lalit Modi's underwear after every hour.

    So what is the solution. Make Lalit Modi a scapegoat or pay the ransom to the concerned people who are suffering during the IPL.

    Modi will be there, IPL will be there and if IPL will cancel the whole government will collapse like in Onion days. People are supporting IPL and nobody above the people.

    IPL is for the people, of the people and for the people. democracy is democracy.

  • on April 24, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Except this controversy, investigation should be done by the ICC for exempting Pakistani players from IPL. I'm sure Lalit Modi will be a key factor in this case aswel.

  • Geeva on April 24, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Mr Modi you the one that is bringing the game into disrepute!!Funny how he released info via twitter and nw he saying he being tried by the media!!I wudnt be surprised if the bookies involved in the IPL the amount of cash being made!!Lalit modi only cares bout money,he says he loves test cricket yet his IPL impacts on other countries but not many people see dat!!As Donal Trump woud say "Mr Modi your fired!!!!!"

  • gandabhai on April 24, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    NOBODY DOES IT BETTER. Thanks Lalitbhai for the pride i feel for my beloved india because of what you have achieved . God bless you.

  • NISH67 on April 24, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    It seems everyone is gunning for Lalit Modi , when if what the media says is true , the whole of the governing council should be held responsible for the present fiasco . If as some council members say - Modi was running the show like a dictator , they should have resigned their positions and brought the facts to the public domain much earlier - say like 2 years ago !!!! . Either way - whether Modi is guilty or not - and this will be proved once the investigations are completed - it seems that this is a witch hunt brought about by the fact that a minister of the Govt had to resign and therefore the Govt construes this as a means of clearing their name of any wrongdoing . However I believe Modi , himself has a a few aces up his sleeve and come monday , a lot of powerful people will be exposed for what they really are !

  • prabwal on April 24, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Alright...Now, let me understand this, this guy ,Modi, gets enough time to tweet in between those hectic 20 hour work for IPL. But how come he doesn't have his time for collecting all the documents to plead his case on 26 th ?? Oh ya....he needs another five days, right ??

  • on April 24, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    The axe has finally fall on Modi. How far can you one go?

  • on April 24, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    Dont forget modi, He made the world look at cricket

  • ManHOOS on April 24, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    he is a raccist wat he did this year

  • bumsonseats on April 24, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    the man has got bigger than the competition. the tv and its commentary team, when the guy arrives on to the ground you would think it was the pope giving his blessing. india is the only country were one guy could get that much clout. funny thing is its taken them 3 years to find out. dpk

  • ajaydesai on April 24, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    When greedy Indian polticians and other members of BCCI do not get slice ot the pie, they do all sort of these things. These people care for their wallets. Forget how IPL is earning think about how much it contrbutes to Indian Economy and gives opportunities those young players who never dreamt to play with World Class players.

  • SettingSun on April 24, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    @Aashish Dhakar - yes, nice and proper. In much the same way that Watergate was a nice and proper series of break-ins, presumably?

  • on April 24, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    Let Modi give his clarification on this controversial issue. BCCI wants to replace Lalit Modi as soon as possible because of the very basic reason " Money". This is clear that BCCI starves everytime for money whether it comes from anywhere. Lalit Modi decided to contribute some stocks to the charity also but once BCCI get success in replacing Modi, there will be certain decrement in the stocks to charity and after a while no charity will be there and all the money will be grabbed by the BCCI. if Modi is corrupted then BCCI is a foundation of corruption.

  • SnowSnake on April 24, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    I never liked Modi since he controlled fortunes of ICL to promote IPL. He was corrupt to begin with, so I am not surprised of his behavior. Although his fans might think he is a genius, but IPL stole idea from ICL and implemented it at the national level. Team owners supporting Modi only shows that he is in cahoots with the owners, who themselves are corrupt to begin with. I think IPL should have term limits on its commissioners.

  • SunilPotnis on April 24, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    As long as cricket is governed by politics, it does not matter whether, Modi's, Pawar's are managing IPL. They are just in for the money and lustr of power.

    A cricketer should be incharge of driving the game and not a politician, period

    For these politician dirt bags, money is above everything

  • on April 24, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Lalt Mody must continue.It is ridiculous that the man who has done so much to run IPL successfully for four years is being accused for wrong doings

    Those who are accusing him must all be either out of their brain or envious of his success.They all must be investigated by IRS ,FBI ICC,BCCI and above byl the public and if found guilty which I am sure they all would be then should be debarred from their present positions.

    On the contrary Mody should be awarded Bharat Ratna for putting India's name on the top of the world in sports and games playing country .IPL has made India proud of making cricket the most popular game in the world.Cricket is now above Football Tennis Golf Baseball etc in popularity and money involved, no mean achievement

    Not that Mody must not have made any mistake but to run such a big event successfully three times till now can only be done better by GOD

    End this controversy now by making Mody permanently incharge of IPL

  • on April 24, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    it is shame to this man who make IPL is a reality.. I'm from sri lanka and i think politics should not come to cricket. we love IPL. all the players are playing together like a brothers. all this concept brought by MR.modi. so he should not be removed and everyone in in india should back him. wish u all the best Mr.Modi. you can overcome this.

  • on April 24, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    When Lalit Modi refused Kapil Dev,The National Hero of India who won the only world cup for India, it was his idea of bringing T20 cricket to BCCI and Mr. Lalit Modi three and a half years back stole his idea and Mr. Kapil Dev had to leave the BCCI head office dissappointed with tears in his eyes.He announced rebel cricket league ICL back in 2007. it seems Mr. Lalit Modi has a criminal mind and disgraced his own fellow Indians in front of billions of people i was amongst one of them with tears in my heart because Mr. Kapil Dev has and always will be a hero for me. now this contreversy errupts on the surface, Mr. Lalit is involved in illegal betting and gambling through his franchise and all the baseless accusations against Mr. Kapil Dev in ICL is wrong and he should be tried the court of law. I salute Mr. Kapil Dev for his honesty and integrity, he should be welcomed back to the BCCI with honors. thank you Raja Hassan Mahmood Janjua

  • G_Arun on April 24, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Modi continues to insult our intelligence and those who defend him continue to parade their naivete .

  • loveu_sanky on April 24, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    The man who had dream of a Cricket League since 1995(15yrs ago), has shown the world what he was dreaming about. The fact is NO ONE CAN REPLACE the ambitious Lalit Modi and take IPL to its peak. If there is any mishandling done, let the inquiry reveals , but In INDIAN democracy, first descisions are made at the rhectoric outstanding of people and then facts come out slowly which no one bothers later. Rule of Nature applies here: The more you run fast, the more you make enemies rather than friends.

  • wanderer1 on April 24, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    @sweetspot; Hahaha, Modi the Cocaine user, kidnapper and assaulter??? Cocaine.... One hell of a Drug!!

  • IndianVoice on April 24, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Mr.Modi, you don't have to quit, you'll be removed soon. You're one of the corrupted persons in IPL. Whoever backs you want to protect themselves from the illegal tax cheating and gamble. You'll be audited and you will have to return the black money to the government and your white portion will be properly taxed. Do you think we Indians, the taxpayers, are fools? I am not the supporter of any parties, but I wish India should have a clean image in the world and all Indians should get equal justice. I feel pity on you to be removed soon.

  • bobwd on April 24, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    This is a real surprise.

    Who would have really thought that the IPL, BCCI, Indian cricket, Indian business and Indian politics are corrupt?

    Frantic efforts are being made as we speak to sweep these shenanigans under the rug. It's just a question who will need to be silenced and how much it takes to silence them. The most important thing in the nexus of cricket, big business (including the film industry) and politics is to get along and not slay the goose that is laying the golden eggs.

  • AB99 on April 24, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    ILP needs an expert leader cum manager rolled into one to lead it not an expert commentator like Shastri ... remember his selfish innings in the World Championship of Cricket in 1985 ... all for an Audi. Indian victory was almost squanderred for the car by this man. And what administrative / planning / execution hands-on experience does Ravi bring to the table ... no he is not the correct person ... why not look at some of the guys who did manage the ICL ..

  • on April 24, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    This is complete injustice to a man who has done so much for the league. atleast he should be allowed to present his clarifications and time. After all he is alright in asking 5 days.This person have worked for 20hrs a day for the IPL. If there is any financial irregularities involved let it be proved by the gov. agnecies , but we in a civilized world at least the board whould provide him sometime to clarify.I beleive board has set up the mind to dump him as soon as the job is finished, but they should remember the success of the league was possible only because of this one person and a lot needs to done.

  • on April 24, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Manohar + Shastri = Modi, the best ever person to handle the IPL.

  • joshilay on April 24, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Good lord!!!

    Does this man ever stop his arrogance. He clearly seems to be at fault of unscrupulous activities and still has the nerve to buckle down.

    I hope he is ousted from the post. We need a Shastri or a Manohar at least at the earliest.

    BCCI needs to pick its a*** up soon. It needs to show it runs the business and how it wants to have a clear image, if not at whole.

  • Rake1 on April 24, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    I not a big fan of Lalit Modi, but he has done an excellent job for IPL. IPL will be poorer once he goes.

  • sweetspot on April 24, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Firing him would be like the wild west? Well, Mr. Modi should know all about the west when he was wild there too. http://www.metrojoint.com/blog_more/IPL_boss_Lalit_Modi_pleaded_guilty_to_possessing_cocaine_abduction_and_assault/pid/29006/userid/35970

  • on April 24, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    I think Modi should go, not just for the scandal that has been created, but because the IPL needs an image tweak to make it palitable to the rest of the cricketing world and Modi isn't the man to provide that. He is clearly arrogant and rules the whole thing as his personal advertising empire. The IPL has such an insidious feel to it with commentators and players unable to critcise it for fear of losing out on this gold mine. It feels so tightly regulated, so scripted and above criticsm, like everyone fears a knock on the door. It's like Soviet Russia with Modi as Stalin. It needs to feel more approachable to the wider community so that means more honest apprasal, less hideous advertising and more fielding practice for the domestic Indian players (sly dig there I know). Lets be fair it's a great idea and it can be such a milestone to show how far India has come in half a century. I love seeing a tournament where all the best players in the world compete, it just needs to be tweaked

  • on April 24, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Shamless!! Its now clear that, Modi is the mastermind of ipl to earne money for himself and he threw the gentlesman game to the atlantic...still he wants to be there...wait MR modi...More yet to come...

  • on April 24, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    I think Modi sud never be removed... its him who has conducted this IPpl is such a nice and proper way and no one can do it like the way he does!!!!

  • SettingSun on April 24, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    I think it's fitting that Lalit Modi does most of his talking through Twitter - it's the perfect medium for someone who has so little to say that is of any interest or substance.

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  • SettingSun on April 24, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    I think it's fitting that Lalit Modi does most of his talking through Twitter - it's the perfect medium for someone who has so little to say that is of any interest or substance.

  • on April 24, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    I think Modi sud never be removed... its him who has conducted this IPpl is such a nice and proper way and no one can do it like the way he does!!!!

  • on April 24, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Shamless!! Its now clear that, Modi is the mastermind of ipl to earne money for himself and he threw the gentlesman game to the atlantic...still he wants to be there...wait MR modi...More yet to come...

  • on April 24, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    I think Modi should go, not just for the scandal that has been created, but because the IPL needs an image tweak to make it palitable to the rest of the cricketing world and Modi isn't the man to provide that. He is clearly arrogant and rules the whole thing as his personal advertising empire. The IPL has such an insidious feel to it with commentators and players unable to critcise it for fear of losing out on this gold mine. It feels so tightly regulated, so scripted and above criticsm, like everyone fears a knock on the door. It's like Soviet Russia with Modi as Stalin. It needs to feel more approachable to the wider community so that means more honest apprasal, less hideous advertising and more fielding practice for the domestic Indian players (sly dig there I know). Lets be fair it's a great idea and it can be such a milestone to show how far India has come in half a century. I love seeing a tournament where all the best players in the world compete, it just needs to be tweaked

  • sweetspot on April 24, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Firing him would be like the wild west? Well, Mr. Modi should know all about the west when he was wild there too. http://www.metrojoint.com/blog_more/IPL_boss_Lalit_Modi_pleaded_guilty_to_possessing_cocaine_abduction_and_assault/pid/29006/userid/35970

  • Rake1 on April 24, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    I not a big fan of Lalit Modi, but he has done an excellent job for IPL. IPL will be poorer once he goes.

  • joshilay on April 24, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Good lord!!!

    Does this man ever stop his arrogance. He clearly seems to be at fault of unscrupulous activities and still has the nerve to buckle down.

    I hope he is ousted from the post. We need a Shastri or a Manohar at least at the earliest.

    BCCI needs to pick its a*** up soon. It needs to show it runs the business and how it wants to have a clear image, if not at whole.

  • on April 24, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Manohar + Shastri = Modi, the best ever person to handle the IPL.

  • on April 24, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    This is complete injustice to a man who has done so much for the league. atleast he should be allowed to present his clarifications and time. After all he is alright in asking 5 days.This person have worked for 20hrs a day for the IPL. If there is any financial irregularities involved let it be proved by the gov. agnecies , but we in a civilized world at least the board whould provide him sometime to clarify.I beleive board has set up the mind to dump him as soon as the job is finished, but they should remember the success of the league was possible only because of this one person and a lot needs to done.

  • AB99 on April 24, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    ILP needs an expert leader cum manager rolled into one to lead it not an expert commentator like Shastri ... remember his selfish innings in the World Championship of Cricket in 1985 ... all for an Audi. Indian victory was almost squanderred for the car by this man. And what administrative / planning / execution hands-on experience does Ravi bring to the table ... no he is not the correct person ... why not look at some of the guys who did manage the ICL ..