Indian Premier League 2010 April 25, 2010

BCCI suspends Lalit Modi

Cricinfo staff
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The BCCI has suspended Lalit Modi, the IPL chairman, for "alleged acts of individual misdemeanours", bringing down the curtains on one particularly unsavoury episode in the BCCI's history but very possibly leaving the door open for more twists in this saga. Modi's three-year reign was effectively ended moments after the conclusion of the tournament final in Mumbai on Sunday and he responded in melodramatic fashion with an emotional speech at the awards ceremony.

The suspension notice was served on him by Rajeev Shukla, a BCCI vice-president, at the conclusion of Sunday's game, with N Srinivasan, the board secretary, sending an email to the same effect. It followed a day of negotiations with interlocutors attempting to persuade Modi to resign but pre-empted a potentially flashpoint at Monday's scheduled IPL governing council meeting, which Modi had said he would attend. He is now officially barred from participating in the affairs of the Board, the IPL and any other committee of the BCCI and has 15 days to respond to the charges levelled at him.

The public confirmation of his suspension came in a statement from BCCI president Shashank Manohar issued shortly after the end of Sunday's final. "Alleged acts of individual misdemeanours of Mr Lalit K Modi, chairman IPL and vice president BCCI, have brought a bad name to the administration of cricket and the game itself," it said.

"I have waited for IPL 2010 to conclude in order to respond to the situation as I did not want the event to be disrupted in any manner. Immediately after the conclusion of the IPL final, the secretary, BCCI Mr N Srinivasan has in consultation with me issued a show cause notice to Mr. Lalit K Modi under Rule 32 (iv) calling upon him to show cause within 15 days why disciplinary action should not be taken against him. Simultaneously, in exercise of the powers vested in me under Rule 32 (vii), I have suspended Mr. Lalit K Modi from participating in the affairs of the Board, the IPL, the working committee and any other committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India."

Modi had apparently received that notice by the time he went up to the podium for the post-match presentations, and it prompted an emotional, lengthy speech. "We have had some off field unpleasant dramas only based on innuendo, half truths and motivated leaks from all kinds of sources," he said. "I assure you all decisions have been taken jointly by the governing council and approved by the general body... Still, as the leader of the team, if there is any flouting of rules or any other financial irregularity, I will take full responsibility."

Earlier, before he received the notice, he had taken a similar combative stand while talking to NDTV. Informed of the imminent suspension, he said: ""Good for them. Are they so scared of me attending? Are they so scared of the truth?"

His allusion was to the growing perception that Modi alone was not responsible for the alleged misdemeanours, that there were other, possibly more powerful forces at play as well. Those forces would have preferred Modi to resign, resulting in a swift and clean break, rather than be sacked, which would necessitate a formal inquiry and the production of potentially damaging documents.

In any case, Modi's suspension rules him out of Monday's IPL governing council meeting. The meeting had been convened by Srinivasan but Modi had, on Sunday evening, sent out an agenda that included "a discussion on any complaints received in writing from members of the governing council against the chairman, other members of the council and/or the BCCI."It also said members of the governing council "had been requested to give all such complaints in writing with the requisite supporting documents".

The agenda is now likely to focus more on life after Lalit: picking an interim IPL chairman and working out a plan for the future. BCCI sources say for the moment Manohar will himself take charge of the IPL sub-committee. The first few weeks are likely to be spent in a clean-up operation and a scrutiny of the Modi-era transactions.

The actual management of the league is likely to be handed over to a CEO - probably appointed from outside - with reduced powers but greater assistance. He could be assisted by department heads for marketing, finance, logistics and the like.

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  • on April 26, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    I hope this issue will ends the politics in sports.

  • nmdasaya on April 26, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    my personal thought is he got wat he deserves.he started ipl to punish icl he condemened players like Great Kapil Dev then copied all items from icl showed all is his creation.then he played god in cricket challenging icc{to change there schdule to meet his]. now he is geting what he deserves

  • gitapat on April 26, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    The controversies surrounding IPL reminds me of the SATHYAM episode. As in the case of SATYHAM where Ramalinga Raju was permitted to run amok by the Board,the BCCI has let Modi run amok. The IPL is a great success as was SATHYAM. The GOI very successfully saved SATHYAM by delinking the company and the witch hunt of Raju. Here the BCCI must focus on saving IPL by strengthening the management of IPL. The witch hunt of Modi is secondary although necessary.

  • TikkaMasala on April 26, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    I am actually glad to see the back of him. I always thought he loved himself and thought he was something big. He comes out as arrogant. Do remember it was him who started this mess by twittering. And you cannot give him credit for bringing t20 to india either, that was ICL. But because Modi and co realised what a moneyspinner it is, they went after ICL like mad dogs instead of accepting it. Cricket will survive this and will soon be forgotten.

  • cric-kaka on April 26, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    BCCI is hiding lot of unpleasant truth by stone walling Modi and trying to clean their dirty laundry behind the scene.

    Many influential and powerful people are involved and BCCI and government are trying to protect them.

    What a sham and shame!!!!

  • cricdeep on April 26, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Great to hear about Modi's suspension. At least now his king sized ego will shrink. He must be left out of the administration of all cricket matters and be asked to head league for football or hockey and do a repeat of his so called heriocs in IPL. Can he turn around any another sport other than cricket in India? He sure cannot. He can never take any credit for IPL as cricket sells in India like no other and the league is a total copy of the other professional sporting leagues around the world. Even the word commissioner was a lift from one of the American leagues and BCCI would do well to call Amin a CEO or use some other term.

  • HorseH on April 26, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    They will have to make a movie out of this - The Shashank Redemption

  • prashanth_4p on April 26, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    All because of political issue. There are issues, where there is money. Its common in all kind of games. But one sad thing is Indian cricket is following Pakistan cricket. Very sad! At least next time it should not repeat in Indian Cricket.

  • on April 26, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    is he looking at jail time?

  • swagatmumbai on April 26, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    the fall was in the cards for modi..nodoubt he is the primosuprimo of IPL bt at the same time he has bought same to the cricketing world in general and to the cricketing lovers in particular..Wonder if honesty is the best policy !!!!

  • on April 26, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    I hope this issue will ends the politics in sports.

  • nmdasaya on April 26, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    my personal thought is he got wat he deserves.he started ipl to punish icl he condemened players like Great Kapil Dev then copied all items from icl showed all is his creation.then he played god in cricket challenging icc{to change there schdule to meet his]. now he is geting what he deserves

  • gitapat on April 26, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    The controversies surrounding IPL reminds me of the SATHYAM episode. As in the case of SATYHAM where Ramalinga Raju was permitted to run amok by the Board,the BCCI has let Modi run amok. The IPL is a great success as was SATHYAM. The GOI very successfully saved SATHYAM by delinking the company and the witch hunt of Raju. Here the BCCI must focus on saving IPL by strengthening the management of IPL. The witch hunt of Modi is secondary although necessary.

  • TikkaMasala on April 26, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    I am actually glad to see the back of him. I always thought he loved himself and thought he was something big. He comes out as arrogant. Do remember it was him who started this mess by twittering. And you cannot give him credit for bringing t20 to india either, that was ICL. But because Modi and co realised what a moneyspinner it is, they went after ICL like mad dogs instead of accepting it. Cricket will survive this and will soon be forgotten.

  • cric-kaka on April 26, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    BCCI is hiding lot of unpleasant truth by stone walling Modi and trying to clean their dirty laundry behind the scene.

    Many influential and powerful people are involved and BCCI and government are trying to protect them.

    What a sham and shame!!!!

  • cricdeep on April 26, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Great to hear about Modi's suspension. At least now his king sized ego will shrink. He must be left out of the administration of all cricket matters and be asked to head league for football or hockey and do a repeat of his so called heriocs in IPL. Can he turn around any another sport other than cricket in India? He sure cannot. He can never take any credit for IPL as cricket sells in India like no other and the league is a total copy of the other professional sporting leagues around the world. Even the word commissioner was a lift from one of the American leagues and BCCI would do well to call Amin a CEO or use some other term.

  • HorseH on April 26, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    They will have to make a movie out of this - The Shashank Redemption

  • prashanth_4p on April 26, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    All because of political issue. There are issues, where there is money. Its common in all kind of games. But one sad thing is Indian cricket is following Pakistan cricket. Very sad! At least next time it should not repeat in Indian Cricket.

  • on April 26, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    is he looking at jail time?

  • swagatmumbai on April 26, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    the fall was in the cards for modi..nodoubt he is the primosuprimo of IPL bt at the same time he has bought same to the cricketing world in general and to the cricketing lovers in particular..Wonder if honesty is the best policy !!!!

  • on April 26, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    When he took ... panga... with Dr. Sasi Tharoor, he got into this trouble. Let me share with you all that this is the moment to decide our course of following cricket in true sportsman spirit. Honestly looking, IPL appears to be an earning hub for many and only Modi became escape goat. Be it about bidding scam of franchise or sponsorship or matches, Mr. Modi is in front but his higher ups and god fathers are enjoying black morsels in the back scene. Mind you Mr. Modi is the favorite personality amongst bookies and sponsors for mending their ways. If thorough investigation is carried out then not only Modi but also few white-colored reputed ministers and officers will get unearthed.

    But, it is India where " Sau mein se assi be-imaan, phir bhi mera Bharat mahan. "

  • richard64 on April 26, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Have watched many of the matches on ITV4. Exciting cricket generally, shame about the in-studio presenters. On the subject of the final, I share the bemusement of many about leaving Pollard until the situation was beyond recall. Decisions like this cannot help but increase suspicion about the influence of betting syndicates on certain elements of the matches. Sam.

  • 2.14istherunrate on April 26, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    20/20 attracts big money, and big money attracts corruption and dishonesty. The fact that rich entrepreneurs do not support longer games shows how inbterested they are in cricket. Modi like Stanford wanted to bqankroll cricket administratiors into submission and order the cricketing world to their dictates. The radical commercialisation of a sport like cricket though can only ever end in tears, and the expression 'it's just not cricket' assumes a deeper poignancy-well 20/20 just ain't cricket. This mickey mouse abomination has shown up many things really, including the fact that some national boards are not interested in cricket either. The IPL dictates the whereabouts of top player for 7 weeks of the year,with BCCI's blessing, and 20/20 squats the prime time middle of the current English season without shame. So for 2 months no bowler bowls a proper spell, and no batsman is afforded a decent opportunity to play a long innings. These days those who hate cricket run the game.

  • devpat68 on April 26, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    It is very unfortunate that such a Genius Innovator who were actually be able to execute his dream with Success (in making $$ as well as improving Indian Cricket) is dealing with all political garbage.

    It is obvious that there are a few Modi haters, but that jealousy and pettiness only goes so far!!! Someone rightly said, "Without Modi, IPL will be going down!!!

    The only issue here is Modi is a shrewd business man and excellent marketing genius!! He doesn't know politics and dirty game playing within India. You always live and learn. God Bless Modi !!!

  • ww113 on April 26, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    How ungrateful can people be.This guy puts a billion dollars in the BCCI's kitty and they sack him ! Of course,nobody ever made billions by being straight and honest. These murky intrigues are far more entertaining than the cricket that was being played in the IPL.

  • grochie on April 26, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    IPL IS SIMPLE. PICK AUSTRALIAN STARS IN YOUR SQUAD & YOU WILL WIN. NO AUSSIES NO VICTORY. IPL 1 WARNE & WATSON STARRED FOR RAJASHTAN IPL 2 GILLY & SYMONDS SMASHED THEM WITH DECCAN & IPL 3 DOUGY BOLLINGER , HAYDOS & MR CRICKET ALL CONTRIBUTED TO A FINE SIDE & COMFORTABLE VICTORY FOR CHENNAI. WATCH PUP & THE BOYS SMASH THEM IN THE WINDIES OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS TO WIN THE WORLD 20 TWENTY. MARK MY WORDS AUSSIES NUMBER 1 IN ALL FORMS OF CRICKET AGAIN BY THE END OF 2011.

  • klobania on April 26, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    i think some good decision from BCCI finally no one is bigger than fair play. i think entire ipl should be suspended or atleast should not be organised before any major international tournament as this time it results in injuries to key players of india.

  • TontonZolaMoukoko on April 26, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Without Modi, IPL is dead. Sacking Modi is going to be the best decision in cricketing history.

  • SettingSun on April 26, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Maybe he should conduct his legal defence via Twitter. It seems only fitting. Hey, Lalit. I hear they're hiring at my local Tesco's. Just saying.

  • DocBindra on April 26, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Nobody can see it, but I am very sad and traumatized by this development, inside. How will Cricket ever survive this jolt? Pun intended.

  • PottedLambShanks on April 26, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    How utterly predictable was this?

  • riz103 on April 26, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    "...worst decision in criciketing history.." ?? Slow down friends, it's just IPL; not too many people outside of India care about it anyways. I guess this should just serve as a lesson: one shouldn't get overly excited with money, it never makes you the center of attention of the world.

  • EddyM on April 26, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    looks like a dodgy final to fiinish off the sorry proceedings. tendulkar and co going at under 5 an over for the first 9 overs when 7.5 rpo needed? RR over 10 halfway through the innings. what a joke. glad i was watching EPL instead!!!

  • on April 26, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Well,I think IPL has been nothing but a money making machine ! It does no good to the development of players,your upcoming talent. In 3 years nothing has been done or planned to have some kind of development program to AID the nourishment of cricket.

    Modi compares IPL to EPL and others.Does he knows the structure of these football leagues.These are the places from where they bring young talents through academy and other facilities,not just money.

    Finally,The stage was set to give the CSK the trophy. A player like Pollard came into the bat at number 7 ? where as Harbhajan at 4 ? raidu at 5? Why to take duminy instead of mclaren if you want him at number 6?

    People are loosing faith on IPL and I think this short term burst will vanish. On the other hand side I still feel exited with nation based cricket where there is more passion than money....

  • AJ_Tiger86 on April 26, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Without Modi, IPL is dead. Sacking Modi is going to be the worst decision in cricketing history.

  • CricketisKing on April 26, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    LOL!!! How the mighty have fallen!!! What goes around comes around. I can hear the ICL and Jagmohan Dalmiya laughing their heads off. This man screamed the loudest against both and led the fight against the ICL and wanted Mr. Dalmiya jailed. Hey, I wouldn't be surprised if Modi tries to revive ICL.

  • on April 26, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    I do respect BCCI and Indian govt. for their fair democratic way of investigation. however Modi performed well in sense of making IPL a Cinema in Bollywood style.

  • ursraajk on April 26, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Truly amazed by the strategies he has used in the past 2 weeks.Leaving the ugly side of it, what an administrator he has been?? And the guts he had shown to challenge the fat-pots of the BCCI proves the adamancy in him... and partly thats the reason for IPL's success. And this man has made every one to read between the lines he spoke during the closing ceremony. What a speech. Crisp.... Shooting.... and Daring... "All decisions of IPL 1 & 2 as per the GC " shows a daring statement that "I will dare to pubicize what 'WE' all did in the 1st and 2nd season" I am damn sure, without him IPL IV wouldn't be the success it had been. And it would be interesting to see who will clear the mess, as every one in the BCCI seems to have their part in the mess.

  • ursraajk on April 26, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Truly amazed by the strategies he has used in the past 2 weeks.Leaving the ugly side of it, what an administrator he has been?? And the guts he had shown to challenge the fat-pots of the BCCI proves the adamancy in him... and partly thats the reason for IPL's success. And this man has made every one to read between the lines he spoke during the closing ceremony. What a speech. Crisp.... Shooting.... and Daring... "All decisions of IPL 1 & 2 as per the GC " shows a daring statement that "I will dare to pubicize what 'WE' all did in the 1st and 2nd season" I am damn sure, without him IPL IV wouldn't be the success it had been. And it would be interesting to see who will clear the mess, as every one in the BCCI seems to have their part in the mess.

  • on April 26, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    NO DOUBT............. there's all elements in making of a good novel. there's a game within a game within a game with many a vested interests definitely political, power grabbing, entrepreneurial and obviously financial.Every one wants a slice of the Pie. with so much at stake some one had to take a fall. As always it will all be swept under the carpet, whitewashed and life is back to normal. superficial enquiries, investigations conducted, financial irregularities of the big guns will be covered and some small expendable fries may be exposed, beyond that nothing much. Powers that be will backslapping and congratulations all around. Jack put in his thumb, pulled out a plum and said what a good boy am I

  • on April 26, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Bharathere,

    Srinivasan sough the board's permission before bidding. It was known before bidding that his company was bidding. If it was a conflict of interest the BCCI should have asked him to resign as board's president then. Modi did nothing ... except copying Subhash Chandra's idea and claiming that it was his own. Modi got lucky becuase he had the BCCI on his side and Subhash chandra did not have it.

    Suresh,

    Are you crazy. Venkat is one of the finest officials and the only one to be recognized from India as part of the Elite panel. Give him some respect.

  • on April 26, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    if any body have seen the toss today in finale it looks suspispios reffery vanket picked up that coin before anyone take a look at this is all set up. he made call who won toss but nobody knows what it was while before camera pick it up vancat ragvan picked it up and made call i bet u guys watch the toss video over and over.

  • IndianVoice on April 26, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Very good decision by BCCI. Mr.Modi deserves it and "he digged his graveyard by himself" :-) Poor guy! Now, where are his god fathers? Did all disappear? Next thing should be the complete audit of his last 10 years transactions. I am sure that he can be booked under IPC section if thorough audit happens. Not only him, some more people can be booked under IPC :-)

  • ammoose on April 26, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    And I should THANK Mr.Sashi Tharoor amd the Kochi franchise. Because of them Lalit Modi and the whole can of worms are out in the open. Should the cricketing public crown Tharoor with a Thank You. Narayan

  • choc56 on April 26, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    I think there's more to this than meets the eye!

    Ever since IPL was started, there have been allegations of money-laundering, gambling interests and so on.

    A person who was at the IPL meeting held in Bangkok, told me he was astounded at the lobbying going on by suppliers to franchise-holders (garments, soft drinks etc) to become "preferred." There's no doubt that a lot of money has gone under the table in these deals.

    One therefore is at a loss to understand why the BCCI chose to wait 4 years to make this move to ban Modi. I believe the power-brokers of the BCCI should be held jointly responsible and should be asked to resign as well.

    This man ran the most commercially successful and innovative tournament in world sport for heaven's sake. He couldn't have done it alone!! Give the man a break, I say!!

  • bharathere on April 26, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    I think there should be better protocols implemented. I don't know what he did wrong, But I would still say "He is innocent until proven guilty by the law". I think they should also have a "Conflict of Interest" Clause. Why is Mr.Srinivasan the owner of Chennai Super Kings also a BCCI Board Secretary. I am not sure how that could work. Thanks.

  • Cricinfo_Fan2010 on April 26, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    Does it really surprise anyone out here? Well, I think it was clear the day BCCI said that Modi is the one man army to handle IPL for atleast 3 years when the IPL was announced. There should not be any doubts in an Indian's mind what does that mean really ! Well, it plainly meant, in case the internal affairs come out, there would be one man to sacrifice, Modi. We Indians have a habit, of forgetting and forgiving cheats. So, dont expect this so called Modi saga to continue for long. Coz, after 7-8 days, the media would get bored with this and have some other "interesting" breaking news for all of us ! So, 3 cheers to IPL and the BCCI ... Good show...really !!!!

  • Gopalakrishna on April 26, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    Being an official of a nationalized bank for 34 years, I have this to say. A Fraud cannot be committed by one person. At least there should be two or more to a perpetrate a fraud. If LK Modi has perpetrated a financial fraud/financial misdemeanors, as it is alleged, for which he is suspended by BCCI, he cannot be alone responsible for the allegations. I wish Modi to come out in open to disclose the names of the persons who were responsible for the financial misdemeanors. I am for certain that but for Modi, IPL could not have happened. My only wish is that Modi comes out with the names, let it be the bigwigs of BCCI or Ministers of the Union Cabinet. I think BCCI was scared of Modi, as he would rip the BCCI in open and make it naked before the public and took to the extreme step of suspending Modi barring him to attend the GC Meeting today. For a person who has given India a brand name - IPL, Modi deserved an honourable exit.

  • charith.darshana on April 26, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    Why only Modi has been suspended? I was hoping that Srinivasan also will be suspended. The mistake that Modi has done was revealing the shareholders of Kochi. I remember someone was asking(I can't remember, may be its BCCI President) why Modi did not disclose the shareholders of other 8 franchises when he had those details since 2008. May be he was not suspicious about those franchises. So what ever said & done the BCCI should conduct an inquiry & in the meantime should reveal the shareholders of other franchises.

  • on April 26, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    what a poor way to end a very good IPL. This IPL was better than last yrs by a good margin. Lalit Modi has done well, but the BCCI has shown its poor way to handle things. Modi was becoming bigger than the BCCI, he was internationally known. So they take him out. Can we take out all the BCCI officals ourselves. IPL will lose charm without Modi Next yr. His way to run the IPL will be lost. Mr. Modi, thanks for having the world look at INDIA and esp CRICKET. Thank you best of luck

  • Steve145 on April 26, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    I do not think that Modi should be copping as much as he is. It is true, he is an enterprising businessman who builds his empire and will therefore have enemies. But if the BCCI is complaining about the IPLs transparency, then we sure as hell want to see them be tranparent and tell the public exactly what is going on. What exactly has Modi done wrong? If he has gone against regulations I'm sure we would all be very happy to see him go, but the fact that they won't tell us indicates there are far worse things going on higher up, and if that is the case, I admire Modi for standing up against them.

  • AyeSayer on April 26, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    Looks like BCCI is hiding something and trying to protect the existing franchise owners. Are you telling me only Modi is culpable? What about the obvious conflict of interest in N. Srinivasan's case? It does seem like BCCI is running scared about what Mr. Modi might dredge up!

  • on April 25, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    when BCCI needed Modi..used him...now they got the platform...and they dont need Modi....IPL is now turning into Indian Political League...so sad

  • Zahidsaltin on April 25, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    I have mixed feelings. It's hard to swallow that the man who worked 20 hours a day and created the brand IPl, is been sacked in this way, But then in a clean society, even a God has to pay for his wrong doings, and thats what Modi is going to pay for. I am sure he will be hired by some Dubai based T20 adventure to compete IPL out. Let's see how many BCCi big guns gets involved in this drama as I am sure there are many a faces who made black money in IPL.

  • TellasisPatel on April 25, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    BCCI should tell us not only what Mr. Modi had done wrong but also what they had done wrong. BCCI needs to be cleaned up too! Why did they stop Modi from attending the meeting on Monday? If they are afraid of one man or truth, we certainly don't need them in BCCI. Thank you.

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

    Somebody needs to remind Modi what he did to ICL, using his powers in BCCI and ICC. What goes around comes around. Karma.

  • on April 25, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    I think it is another eye-wash and he will be back in a few days. Moreover, if its proven that he is guilty then one must agree to allegations of priorly fixed matches in IPL3. I don't know if I am only suspecting the decisive/crucial matches of IPL3 matches have appeared to be fixed. And Mr. Modi has been hinted as the man behind these fixing.

  • mattsinha on April 25, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Modi shouldn't have been allowed to toss or even be present at the final venue after all the drama that went on before. He should have exited gracefully by not attending the game. If he was clean that would have been a blow to BCCI, Who after all put him up there and he grew in confidence. There were many opportunities that BCCI had missed dealing with his arrogance and high handedness which led to this and eventually he had been so blind in what was going on, he had even challenged his own bosses. What a mess?

  • crictonite on April 25, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    At least the BCCI was professional enough to delay the suspension until the final was over. If good ol' Ijaz Butt a.k.a. "The Toothless Wonder" was in charge, he would have used one of the strategic timeouts to suspend Modi.

  • crictonite on April 25, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    At least the BCCI was professional enough to delay the suspension until the final was over. If good ol' Ijaz Butt a.k.a. "The Toothless Wonder" was in charge, he would have used one of the strategic timeouts to suspend Modi.

  • bakhtjamal on April 25, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    HAHAHA IPL was a joke to start off with..its just killing players with extra dose of cricket and al playersl are prone to injury when they start the season.. IPL should be banned...i dont know why LEAGUE games should be given so much spot light..England has been doing the county cricket and what not, but they do it for players to learn..no like IPL where there is no learning process, it is just a circus where players are doing nothing but hitting blindly..im happy it happened..nbow BAN IPL..it was a joke anyways!

  • LeTsGoTigeRs on April 25, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    its all about power its all about money in our sub continent people are so mean the way modi handle the ipl last 3 yrs bcci members they are jealous now if modi did something wrong then they should prove it,otherwise its gonna effect in cricket.the way modi changed approach of cricket it was really good for everybody and cricket is getting more entertaining specially for twenty20 cricket.

  • Kazakhstan on April 25, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    clt20 is the part of modi's decision as it will be staged in SA, this the ugliest face of greedy people, but it's nice idea as well, because we all love cricket... Mr. Modi watermelon should have been divided properly....

  • Sam_k14 on April 25, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    English county touraments have been there for centuries nothing like this happened. Sheffield Shield in Australia has been sunning for centuries but never there was a shenanigan like this. In just 3 years IPL runs not only into controversy but also allegations of big time corruption. One wonders, why cant these folks in India do something without corruption and drama for a change?

  • on April 25, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    Lalit Modi may have been involved in this controversy, but the Indian Premier League should stay where it has been. It has given modern day cricket a different dimension and different angle.

    Long love the IPL!!!

  • royalbob on April 25, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    IPL has grown too fast and too big in terms of money and popularity,politicians not only wants a pie but now wants to own and run it!! They will fabricate some proofs against Lalit Modi to defame and finish him.Modi has done a blunder by exposing a ruling party minister .Moral of the story is never mess with politicians.

  • on April 25, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Hmmmmmmm..................... i think it is a good decision by BCCI and Indian people.

    IPL should be ban...

  • Fayss on April 25, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Stories, Drama, Action... this is all about IPL. Either on the ground or Off the ground, the controversial activities thus leads to the conflict and later to termination. But I can smell something nasty here, the coming days of this story might bring the ugliest faces of the high-ranked corporate and political identities.

    However, a very bold decision by BCCI that may conclude to a whole new chapter of IPL and Indian Cricket.

    Lots to cover now because the fire has been just lighten up!

  • travisonfire on April 25, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    It's just sad to see such a wonderful season had to end this way. Poor Modi.

  • canuck.sentill on April 25, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    This shows nobody is above the law! BCCI has taken the correct measures but why did it comes this late and why were the controls missing when the IPL was created and executed!!

  • on April 25, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Irrsepetive of governance/transperency of IPL, now the question is who is going to investigate schemers and scammers of BCCI?

  • wolf777 on April 25, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    There was something fishy about the whole process. Why was the first bidding scrapped? Was it scrapped to facilitate someone? The unknown group of investors with no local ties bidding astronomical amount for dark horse Kochi is very suspicious. The bid defies normal business logic and strongly points to back-room deals.

  • on April 25, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Wherever there is money, there is controversy. I can't comment on his involvement but i will not be surprised if he is proven guilty.

  • McPiggle on April 25, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Smoke and fire? I hope not.

  • realredbaron on April 25, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Now lets hope BCCI makes the the full report public. We want to know what Modi had done wrong.

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  • realredbaron on April 25, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Now lets hope BCCI makes the the full report public. We want to know what Modi had done wrong.

  • McPiggle on April 25, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Smoke and fire? I hope not.

  • on April 25, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Wherever there is money, there is controversy. I can't comment on his involvement but i will not be surprised if he is proven guilty.

  • wolf777 on April 25, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    There was something fishy about the whole process. Why was the first bidding scrapped? Was it scrapped to facilitate someone? The unknown group of investors with no local ties bidding astronomical amount for dark horse Kochi is very suspicious. The bid defies normal business logic and strongly points to back-room deals.

  • on April 25, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Irrsepetive of governance/transperency of IPL, now the question is who is going to investigate schemers and scammers of BCCI?

  • canuck.sentill on April 25, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    This shows nobody is above the law! BCCI has taken the correct measures but why did it comes this late and why were the controls missing when the IPL was created and executed!!

  • travisonfire on April 25, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    It's just sad to see such a wonderful season had to end this way. Poor Modi.

  • Fayss on April 25, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Stories, Drama, Action... this is all about IPL. Either on the ground or Off the ground, the controversial activities thus leads to the conflict and later to termination. But I can smell something nasty here, the coming days of this story might bring the ugliest faces of the high-ranked corporate and political identities.

    However, a very bold decision by BCCI that may conclude to a whole new chapter of IPL and Indian Cricket.

    Lots to cover now because the fire has been just lighten up!

  • on April 25, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Hmmmmmmm..................... i think it is a good decision by BCCI and Indian people.

    IPL should be ban...

  • royalbob on April 25, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    IPL has grown too fast and too big in terms of money and popularity,politicians not only wants a pie but now wants to own and run it!! They will fabricate some proofs against Lalit Modi to defame and finish him.Modi has done a blunder by exposing a ruling party minister .Moral of the story is never mess with politicians.