Indian Premier League 2010 April 25, 2010

Lalit's last hurrah

Modi made the dangerous mistake of trying to become bigger than the system that created him. The system has now ruthlessly cut him to size
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It couldn't have got more surreal. After staying away from him most of the evening, the camera panned on Lalit Modi during the concluding minutes of the IPL final. He sat a few feet away from the boundary, dressed, as he always does, in a suit that is so incongruous for the Mumbai summer. He tried to look as if he didn't know the camera was on him, but it was apparent he knew. There was a self-conscious gleam on his face. It hid the storm that raged outside, and must have within too.

It would be only be a matter of minutes before he would be stripped of everything that he had so bloody-mindedly built. He had fancily designated himself the chairman and the commissioner of the Indian Premier League: in reality, he was the impresario, making and breaking his own rules; pulling every string; and running the enterprise as if it belonged to him. So bedazzled was Ravi Shastri, who used to be a fine commentator, that he hailed Modi as Moses. And somewhere along the way, Modi began to believe his own propagandists; nothing about IPL was ever lesser than the greatest, apart from Modi himself.

Of course, the seas didn't part. Modi's fall has been even more swift and spectacular than his rise. For sure, he will not go without a fight. Like a prisoner about to be executed, he got his final words at the presentation ceremony and he made a production of it. Throughout the past few days, when stories about dodgy deals, income tax raids, and political wrangling flooded newspapers and news television, the IPL broadcasters had pretended to be oblivious. But Modi wasn't about to let the opportunity slip. If you were still a believer, he delivered a rousing speech, full of indignation, righteousness, self-congratulation, and playing to the gallery.

It was part farewell speech, part declaration of war, for which he solicited support. He called the IPL the Indian Peoples League, invoked the Gita, and played both saviour and martyr. He then presented the trophy to MS Dhoni - it was impossible to miss the irony of the situation, for Dhoni captains the team owned by N Srinivasan, the BCCI secretary, and the man in the forefront of the oust-Modi campaign - posed briefly for photographs before disappearing into the night.

The IPL has created a new constituency for itself, but those who have been around wouldn't miss the irony about the circumstances of Modi's fall. Three years ago Jagmohan Dalmiya, who pioneered the commercial rise of Indian cricket, was hounded out from the BCCI over charges of corruption and embezzlement. Among those arrayed against him, Modi was the shrillest, announcing on one occasion that Dalmiya would be sent to jail.

Modi has now been dumped even more unceremoniously, and the charges against him are far more severe. Among other things he has been accused of fixing the auctions; of creating slush funds; manipulating broadcast deals - the payment of a facilitation fee, otherwise known as commission, being the most tangible of them all. All of these are unproven of course, and it is unlikely that Modi would be without his own ammunition, but Modi made the dangerous mistake of trying to become bigger than the system that created him. The system has now ruthlessly cut him to size. Arguably, he has been singled out somewhat perversely, but there is poetic justice in what has happened to him and no tears should be shed for him.

The IPL represents the best and worst of India. It is at once a demonstration of Indian enterprise and confidence, as it is, as borne out the recent events, of sleaze and moral turpitude that has never gone away.

While watching the IPL final it was impossible not to feel this conflict. The cricket was both absorbing and of high quality; the stands were full and without doubt millions more were watching the game on television. Both, the intensity of the players and the engagement of the fans, felt real. But at another level, it was so unreal. As the winners had their merry dance on the podium and fireworks lit the sky, Modi was being served his suspension letter.

It is unlikely that we have seen the worst of the IPL yet. The tragedy is that it didn't have to be this way.

Sambit Bal is the editor of Cricinfo

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  • Indike on April 27, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    If Indian politicians don't want Lalit Modi please let him go and make Lalit Modi ICC's president. The way Modi was going about his business I'm very sure that Modi would have made Cricket the most popular sport in the world in very short time. Hurra for the greatest Cricket adminstrator of all time!

  • royalbob on April 26, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Indian government tapped Sharad pawar's phone conversations with Lalit Modi,so Pawar will keep quit on government and on Modi issue for now.If modi has not exposed Shahsi taroor and his girl friend's free sweat equity,then sharad pawar would have leaked the information to the press and got 2 birds in one short i,e indian government and Modi.So Either way Modi down fall was pre-planned.Now the deal pawar has made is to Modi let go to protect BCCI and his interests in IPL.

    I still belive modi when he says he has done nothing wronge and i am sure Modi will raise again to take of the IPL sooner than later in some capacity.Atleast i hope so.What a great leader and administrator.wow!!

  • kgkg on April 26, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Let us not praise lalit Modi. Let's bury him. Long live IPL.

  • sitaram_hate_MODI on April 26, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    People before going JAI JAI about this fool...Check out his real background...posted clearly in Wikipedia. A goon like him doesnt deserve to hold such public positions. He is a disgrace to India and the common man. He is just paying for the sins he has done all his life.

  • Indike on April 26, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Last century there was Don Bradman, Garfield Sobers, Viv Richards Brian Lara, Shane Warne, Sachin Tendulkar, Muttiah Muralitharan, and so on. This century Lalith Modi made ordinary players into good players...Lalith Modi is the best thing ever that happen to game of Cricket, period. If Cricket is a Cake then Modi is the Icing. How can anyone try to keep this great man away from great old game. As a fellow who loves Crciket I belive Modi should be given the ICC presidency if the Hon. Indian Politicians don't want him. This great man's awsome thinking should not be allowed get away from Cricket.

  • Indike on April 26, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Lalith Modi is the best thing ever that happen to game of Cricket, period. If Cricket is a Cake then Modi is the Icing. How can anyone try to keep this great man away from great old game. As a fellow who loves Crciket I belive Modi should be given the ICC presidency if the Hon. Indian Politicians don't want him. This great man's awsome thinking should not be allowed get away from Cricket.

  • binodv on April 26, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Batting for Modi At a time when the world is abuzz with news and opinions that are demonizing Lalit Modi, I would like to bravely, and perhaps foolishly too, spare a few good thoughts for him and perhaps on his behalf. The rise of Lalit Modi through the ranks of Indian Cricket administration without having any connection with his past until very recently is truly meteoric by any standards! Until his arrival in the thick of matters of Indian Cricket administration cricket was truly and sincerely being true to one of the words in it's organization's title - Board for Control of Cricket in India. True, they had finally come to terms with the fact that revenue must be paramount to any internal ego clashes between it's members. Prior to the commercialization of Indian cricket decisions taken by this esteemed body rarely succeeded to put the best product (team) in the market. When citizens have been craving for role models and the industry have been craving for exploiting this worship into

  • Ulio on April 26, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Modi made one mistake as clearly mentioned in this article. He tried to go beyond the people who actually feed him at the start. He should have played the game wisely until he was higher than the system itself. I think his career is pretty much over, he tried to rake bit too fast instead of waiting for a while. He was touching millions already there was no need to get in trouble. BCCI/politicians will not let anyone rake millions while they are not making anything as significant. IPL is an ATM politicians/BCCI knows it better than anyone else. When you try to cut their slice then you are bound to go down.

  • on April 26, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Lalit Mody is instrumental to stage highly successful 3 IPLs, 2 in India and one in African continent. IPL is his brain child and it immensely benefitted to Indian criceters as well as all competant international cricketers. It also feched huge amount of money to the coffers of BCCI and also to the individual cricketers. Apart from that all cricket loving public of all over the world had well enjoyed the capabilites of players who participated in all games. If Lalit had committed any misdeed whilst serving as Commissioner of IPL he should be punished but opportunity should be given to him to answer all allegations leveled at him.

  • iyerk on April 26, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Agree with what itisme says. Really could not understand the whole strategy adopted by Sachin or for that matter why Pollard had to come down the line to bat when they were in need of runs. Could not understand why Bhajji slapped Sreesanth :-)). If you go to the next level of thinking, these days it is all above media hype and creating sensation. Never could understand how kids land in borewells if you have following the news lately. One kid inspires others to follow his path..:0). Though the idea of IPL is very new and creative more like a hand held video game compared to the conventional video game that we all play, I think when you bring in the money factor the sports no longer maintains its value. Name any sport and the problem is the same when money gets involved. Don't want to spend time commenting on this and the yada yada stuff. To me it brings back memories of the Bombay Stock Exchange Scam, where one got victimized and others who made profits went un-noticed.

  • Indike on April 27, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    If Indian politicians don't want Lalit Modi please let him go and make Lalit Modi ICC's president. The way Modi was going about his business I'm very sure that Modi would have made Cricket the most popular sport in the world in very short time. Hurra for the greatest Cricket adminstrator of all time!

  • royalbob on April 26, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Indian government tapped Sharad pawar's phone conversations with Lalit Modi,so Pawar will keep quit on government and on Modi issue for now.If modi has not exposed Shahsi taroor and his girl friend's free sweat equity,then sharad pawar would have leaked the information to the press and got 2 birds in one short i,e indian government and Modi.So Either way Modi down fall was pre-planned.Now the deal pawar has made is to Modi let go to protect BCCI and his interests in IPL.

    I still belive modi when he says he has done nothing wronge and i am sure Modi will raise again to take of the IPL sooner than later in some capacity.Atleast i hope so.What a great leader and administrator.wow!!

  • kgkg on April 26, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Let us not praise lalit Modi. Let's bury him. Long live IPL.

  • sitaram_hate_MODI on April 26, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    People before going JAI JAI about this fool...Check out his real background...posted clearly in Wikipedia. A goon like him doesnt deserve to hold such public positions. He is a disgrace to India and the common man. He is just paying for the sins he has done all his life.

  • Indike on April 26, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Last century there was Don Bradman, Garfield Sobers, Viv Richards Brian Lara, Shane Warne, Sachin Tendulkar, Muttiah Muralitharan, and so on. This century Lalith Modi made ordinary players into good players...Lalith Modi is the best thing ever that happen to game of Cricket, period. If Cricket is a Cake then Modi is the Icing. How can anyone try to keep this great man away from great old game. As a fellow who loves Crciket I belive Modi should be given the ICC presidency if the Hon. Indian Politicians don't want him. This great man's awsome thinking should not be allowed get away from Cricket.

  • Indike on April 26, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Lalith Modi is the best thing ever that happen to game of Cricket, period. If Cricket is a Cake then Modi is the Icing. How can anyone try to keep this great man away from great old game. As a fellow who loves Crciket I belive Modi should be given the ICC presidency if the Hon. Indian Politicians don't want him. This great man's awsome thinking should not be allowed get away from Cricket.

  • binodv on April 26, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Batting for Modi At a time when the world is abuzz with news and opinions that are demonizing Lalit Modi, I would like to bravely, and perhaps foolishly too, spare a few good thoughts for him and perhaps on his behalf. The rise of Lalit Modi through the ranks of Indian Cricket administration without having any connection with his past until very recently is truly meteoric by any standards! Until his arrival in the thick of matters of Indian Cricket administration cricket was truly and sincerely being true to one of the words in it's organization's title - Board for Control of Cricket in India. True, they had finally come to terms with the fact that revenue must be paramount to any internal ego clashes between it's members. Prior to the commercialization of Indian cricket decisions taken by this esteemed body rarely succeeded to put the best product (team) in the market. When citizens have been craving for role models and the industry have been craving for exploiting this worship into

  • Ulio on April 26, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Modi made one mistake as clearly mentioned in this article. He tried to go beyond the people who actually feed him at the start. He should have played the game wisely until he was higher than the system itself. I think his career is pretty much over, he tried to rake bit too fast instead of waiting for a while. He was touching millions already there was no need to get in trouble. BCCI/politicians will not let anyone rake millions while they are not making anything as significant. IPL is an ATM politicians/BCCI knows it better than anyone else. When you try to cut their slice then you are bound to go down.

  • on April 26, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Lalit Mody is instrumental to stage highly successful 3 IPLs, 2 in India and one in African continent. IPL is his brain child and it immensely benefitted to Indian criceters as well as all competant international cricketers. It also feched huge amount of money to the coffers of BCCI and also to the individual cricketers. Apart from that all cricket loving public of all over the world had well enjoyed the capabilites of players who participated in all games. If Lalit had committed any misdeed whilst serving as Commissioner of IPL he should be punished but opportunity should be given to him to answer all allegations leveled at him.

  • iyerk on April 26, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Agree with what itisme says. Really could not understand the whole strategy adopted by Sachin or for that matter why Pollard had to come down the line to bat when they were in need of runs. Could not understand why Bhajji slapped Sreesanth :-)). If you go to the next level of thinking, these days it is all above media hype and creating sensation. Never could understand how kids land in borewells if you have following the news lately. One kid inspires others to follow his path..:0). Though the idea of IPL is very new and creative more like a hand held video game compared to the conventional video game that we all play, I think when you bring in the money factor the sports no longer maintains its value. Name any sport and the problem is the same when money gets involved. Don't want to spend time commenting on this and the yada yada stuff. To me it brings back memories of the Bombay Stock Exchange Scam, where one got victimized and others who made profits went un-noticed.

  • kool_Indian on April 26, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    @nirvanam - Cheers man - Your message is the most sensible one I have read in this discussion, hope there are many people out there in the real world than the people like sambit n co. - Thanks again for your comment!

  • CiMP on April 26, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    What Modi and BCCI suffered from was the NIH syndrome (Not Invented Here) which made them copy ICL and using their monopolistic clout to smother ICL. Except the credit for stupendous marketing (under a cloud now due to the yet unproven allegations) and strong execution capability, Modi deserves no other credit. If millions watched the IPL matches it was bcz of the inexhaustible appetite that the Indian cricket fans have anything that carries the scent of cricket. Sanjay Manjrekar rightly pointed out that Indians love their cricket unconditionally. Which is not an unmixed blessing. Politicians exploit Indian illiteracy and poverty. BCCI exploits their cricket infatuation. Thats the tragedy.

  • hdave1176 on April 26, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Sambit praised Lalit Modi in an article afer the IPL2. Check this out:

    http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/405910.html (dated: May 25, 2009)

    "You have to hand to it to Lalit Modi: he turned around a hopeless situation with breathtaking speed and clarity in decision-making. Even conceiving a task of such scale would have been beyond many: not only did Modi manage to relocate the massive tournament to a different continent in three weeks, he also ran it for five without a hitch.You have to hand to it to Lalit Modi: he turned around a hopeless situation with breathtaking speed and clarity in decision-making. Even conceiving a task of such scale would have been beyond many: not only did Modi manage to relocate the massive tournament to a different continent in three weeks, he also ran it for five without a hitch."

  • cricster67 on April 26, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    I agree with Glorious11. Most fans seem to object to the fact that IPL never seemed Indian. India is supposed to be chaotic, bumbling, a far away follower. IPL is the most prolific tournament, succeeded even if it had to move to SA at last moment last year, is very charming, popular and well-run. It succeeded before the English and the Australians. BCCI is clearly alarmed at something so foreign sounding and is compelled to take some action.

  • Ashish9 on April 26, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    How I wished Dhoni could have pulled a Ponting during the presentation ceremony!

  • on April 26, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    MR:MODI should be accused with charges of match fixing .As he has not been which proves that not only MODI but BCCI and indian GOV:officals are also involved in IPL scandal.BCCI is also involved in Matching fixing of last years champions trophy in africa.

  • StevieS on April 26, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    And of course this is the clown who has falsely accused Chris Cairns of bribery, oh the irony.

  • rajiv23mar on April 26, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    simply one word for him....GREAT...he really did hard work for indian cricket create a new history...but sad ending for him...

  • rajiv23mar on April 26, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    simply one word for him....GREAT...he really did hard work for indian cricket create a new history...but sad ending for him...

  • nirvanam on April 26, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Alright Sambit, how about you hold back your judgmental pronouncements after all Modi is just as human as you are. Being an editor does not necessitate an article from you on everything. As an editor it will only help your cause if you stay away from moral judgments, for example - "...there is poetic justice in what has happened to him and no tears should be shed for him". Come on man, stick to your core competency which is to present the facts. Present your opinion but why the moral judgments? He is just as human as you are...would you like it if some person you don't know starts holding you against an imaginary moral code for an imaginary crime that was allegedly committed by you? Perspective, Sambit, perspective - that is what we need from our journos and editors not moral pronouncements. The sooner you in the media (and all world citizens in general) realize this and take responsibility for what you choose to publish the more hopeful will be the morrow.

  • Aspraso on April 26, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Lalit Modi asked for 5 days since he had worked for 5 years for BCCI "without taking any money" - Oh!! poor fellow, nobody was willing to have 5 more days of his free labour -- alas for the death of old style generosity and charity.

  • naina11 on April 26, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    WTF All council Members and BCCI was doing all these 3 years, ignorance of facts is also a crime. so i think everyone should be punished including Manohar S. Modi was and is a great admin and he will surely rise sooner or the later

  • forzaps on April 26, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    @Sriram Venkitadri, I think you give Modi less credit then he is due, he wasn't an innovator agreed, but his single mindedness played a large part in making the IPL as big as it is. I wish the AIFF would grab this opportunity and hire Modi, with all his obvious flaws, to drag football out of the quagmire it is in.

    Completely agree about Greatbatch, his was really the first mainstream use of going over the top in the early overs.

  • Glorious11 on April 26, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Thats india for you... wherever money is concerned politics has to step in, don't blame modi.. at least he's better than any corrupt politician around who are having huge bank balances/assets/property despite doing nothing. At least modi helped cricket to grow, helped BCCI to become most powerful (in monetary terms) body in the world, all these junior players who were struglling to get 5-6 lacs/ year now can focus on the cricket because modi and IPL have given them much needed financial support. Its just about politics, now whoever didn't gain financialy by IPL want somebody of their lobby on the chairman post so that they can also fill their pockets.. we can't stop that, this is our system and this is how it runs.

  • itisme on April 26, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Lalit Modi's character is as dodgy as the dodgy IPL final between the Mumbai Indiana and Chennai Super Kings. Why on earth a player like Sachin has to go so slow in the initial overs which made life difficult later? Why Pollard was held back and not sent earlier even though the run rate was around 12 per over midway through the game? He could have made a difference. When he did arrive at the crease it was all over by then. It is nor sour grapes, we should ponder over it.

  • on April 26, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    i think undue accolades are showered on ICL.ICL was merely here for making money.Leave alone having the first class matches they did not even telecasted their 50 over competition.The players in ICL complained of irregular cricketing schedule.They were out to make money with 20-20.Moreover they did not even try to hold on to the players after BCCI's offer of amnesty which would have proved their commitment to the players.But BCCI is not covering itself with glory either and certainly not Mr.Modi.He is a publicity monger who broke rules at every step and all of those were of his own making.The tiebreaker at the players auction,Jadeja's ban,humongous fines etc are some of the examples of vanity of the Modi's regime leaving aside the financial irregularities.Time has more to offer on this Modi-BCCI saga.

  • Rajit on April 26, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Very sad the manner in which the whole issue has been handled in the media.. Lets accept that Lalit Modi was a very good administrator... which helped BCCI Fill up their bank accounts.

  • Lovetesh on April 26, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    We all must acknowledge one thing, we are writing, commenting and bashing IPL today only because Lalit K Modi created it!! This kind of witch hunting is not new in Indian cricket and is not going to be last. I wish Lalit Modi bare all the facts and preprators and led to other mighties to fall as well.

  • BapiDas on April 26, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    While Sambit Bal has aptly put the entire IPL in the correct perspective, I keep asking myslef what were the Governing Council members doing all the time? Let Modi be named and shamed if the charges are proven but at the same time MAK Pataudi, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar - the entire Governing Council - own up to their failure, ineptitude and indifference to 'Governance' of the league they were entrusted with. Theyu must all step down by making public announcement. That will at least show that they have some morality and conscience left in them.

  • vinodnevgi on April 26, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Its amazing that time and again there are some master minds who exploit the faith & passion that the Indian fans have over this fascinating game.. This time it was "Modi" who made an attempt to mislead many a minds to live his own personal dreams, it's hard to believe for some1 who never played any competitive level of cricket the words he strings together in his repeated pathetic speeches towards promoting Indian Cricket… lets all start preparing for some1 else to re-script another edition of exploitation as its apart of this fatal system and guess we are pretty mush used to it.

  • drcardio1980 on April 26, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Anyway Mr.Modi has made enough money at the expense of poor indians.No wonder clever & corrupt will always be rich & hard working & simple always poor.

  • G_Arun on April 26, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    I doubt the charges will ever be proved - it could all fizzle out anyway since the powers that be have achieved their objectives .But that should not mean we forget Modi's excesses and make him a martyr or an example of great administration . All those supporting Modi should bear in mind that in a country like India we need to make as much of an effort to be clean and be seen as clean as the effort we put into the enterprise . Modi should / would have known that . If not for corruption , he should be sacked for pure stupidity . Sir_Freddie : It is folks like you who have ensured that our politicians and bureaucrats continue to shortchange us . TheOnlyEmporer : Modi is nothing without the intrinsic power of Indian Cricket . he was riding the tiger and not that he was the tiger .

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

    An excellent article,Mr.Sambit Bal.Memories are short. To refresh everyone's memory,it was Subhash Chandra who first conceived the idea of the Indian Cricket League,ICL, NOT Lalit Modi.The ICL Managing committee sacked two cricketers who they thought were not performimg - Chris Cairns was one of them.So there was regulation in place.But the ICL was considered anti-establishment,so they were sidelined! Despite having Cricket Legends Ajit Wadekar and Kapil Dev in their Management Committtee!The purpose of ICL was to discover future international cricketers - of interest to note is that Ambati Rayudu now playing for Mumbai Indians is a product of ICL! Why reinvent the wheel? Th IPL should have blindly followed the well-established UEFA Champions League. But the megalomaniac in Lalit Modi made his own rules.It is good he has been sacked.Now the IPL will be run transparently with proper checks and balances.It may not suit the brash Vijay Mallya who is accustomed to throw his weight around.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on April 26, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Lalit Modi will be forever remembered as the greatest cricket administrator of all time. He wanted to make cricket the most popular sport in the world, and he would have succeeded if the haters had not interfered.

  • on April 26, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    I only hope now that all allegations are thoroughly investigated. Else Modi will be made a scape goat & whatever rubbishes are there will be pushed under the carpet to protect the mighty & powerful, then declare the system is pure & clean which will not be the case.

  • jamrith on April 26, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Modi destroyed Kapil Dev ruthlessly, I hope the wheel comes full circle, but I know it is hopeless, Modi will be replaced by someone else who soon begins to wallow in the same mire and builds up a retinue headed by the Marattas, Bhogle, Shastri and Gavaskar, maybe Tendulkar also. Maybe Bal Thackeray should find out why so many of his "manoos' were shameless supporters of Modi.

  • on April 26, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    Did anyone else enjoy how the crowd jeered at Modi while he was making his last speech! I thought that was an awesome response from fans who really love the game more than the fellow who tried to be King!

  • Mclarenman on April 26, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    "The IPL represents the best and worst of India. It is at once a demonstration of Indian enterprise and confidence, as it is, as borne out the recent events, of sleaze and moral turpitude that has never gone away."

    This is the best summary of the IPL I have ever read in all these years.

    Btw, "TheOnly Emperor" get your head out of the sand my friend.

  • Longmemory on April 26, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    "The IPL represents the best and the worst of India. It is at once a demonstration of Indian enterprise and confidence ... as it is of sleaze and moral turpitude that has never gone away" - that quote from Sambit perfectly captures the entire drama. There are, of course, no good guys in this morality play. The new order will be as venal and personalistic as Modi was. As fans of the game, the only option left for us, it seems, is to focus on cricket itself and the amazing talent on display in the various matches.

  • on April 26, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Modi grew to be the beast instead of the humble servant he claimed to be in front of millions. If there was one moment that left a bad taste in the mouth during the finals, it was when Modi came to talk spoiling Chennai's moment. Boos echoed across the movie hall here in California. He ought to go and as you rightly say, we shall shed no tears.

  • on April 26, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Lalit Modi was the real "Commission"er of the IPL what with all the fees the fellow must have collected. Glad to see the last of the man who tried to humiliate Kapil Dev. The 20/20 vision was not Modiz .. it was Zee that came up with the ICL .. his claims to visionary is basically due to the bottomless pockets of the BCCI. The ICL was destroyed by this man .. along with that .. the futures of so many young lads .. just so that he could be in control. Poetic justice!! Loved the way he was cut to size.

    Happy day for Indian Cricket .. feel the best commissioner for IPL now would be Kapil Dev. For all the special effects .. am sure the BCCI can even hire Cameron or Spielberg if they wanted and for the business side of things .. a committee of business heads would be awesome.

  • salujhar on April 26, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Agree with all of the comments except the last one - Lalit Modi was the worst of the IPL - he summed it up in his speech post the final - another self glorifying exercise that was completely uncalled for except for the egotistical nature of the man again coming to the fore - truly hopefully for the last time.

    Ironical how the jealousies and insecurities of others in the same system make them appear holier than thou - however, if it means the banishment of LKM and the likes, I welcome it!

  • Dubby49 on April 26, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    Modi may or may not be guilty of all the charges levied against him, but the way the BCCI and the IPL GC (same wine - different bottle) has gone after Modi is unedifying to say the least.

    First the warngling over whether the GC meeting should be held today or on the first. Then when Modi caved in agreed to attend today, the 11th hour suspension to prevent him attending.

    How can any meeting of a Council whose members prevent the Chairman from attending have any relevance or legality.

    Whatever else the BCCI may be, transparent it definitely is not.

  • styzian on April 26, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    its a well written article... i agree that Modi was indeed trying to become bigger than the system that created him. IPL looked like Modi's own personal league. There was more Modi element in IPL rather than cricket. If he is guilty of anything, which looks like he is, he should be punished accordingly.

  • on April 26, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    And secondly,TV telecast rights, guarantee money and all other forms of sponsorship i.e.,revenue earning models have been around for so long, thanks to Jagmohan Dalmiya.Lalit just leveraged on these models,not introducing anything drastically new.Dalmiya deserves a lot more credit than Lalit.He made BCCI into a cash rich organization and a cricketing super-power. People are made fools to realize that IPL was a new product-sorry,ICL was.And Lalit Modi was 'the man' who made it big.I cant understand when Lalit told a few days back that he was not ready to leave the IPL after 'creating' it and 'making' it big.Hello boss,'creating' and 'making' are words to be used by entrepreneurs,not copy-cats!! I can immediately relate people's senseless feelings about this to another similar misconception. Ppl say that Jayasuriya was the person who pioneered hitting above in-field in first few overs.It was not Jaya,but Martin Crowe,who made Greatbatch do it! Same with opening with spin(Deepak Patel)!

  • on April 26, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Hey, I don't understand what all this talk about Modi "building" something is! He was not a pioneer in 2020 club cricket - ICL was the pioneer and IPL just copied it. If BCCI had not shown its monopolistic ego, ICL would have been a bigger hit than IPL. BCCI-with its mega influence as the biggest revenue-generator - ensured that ICC and its affiliate members banned all players who participated in ICL. And with that, made sure that IPL was a huge success. So, there is nothing that Modi has done. BCCI made it sure that IPL made it big, and not Modi - any Tom, Dick and Harry would have made IPL big anyways with the amt of money they had.

    IPL was made big due to a 'restrictive' and 'monopolistic' trade practice. I wonder why ICL bosses, read Kapil Dev, did not move court. They did all the hard work, showed how international club t20 could be run and BCCI (read Modi) takes all the credit for it!

  • TheOnlyEmperor on April 26, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    ICC should now make use of this wonderful timing to secure Modi for themselves and use his immense talent for organisation and planning to create an international franchise of say 12 clubs and run it in a model similar to that of the IPL. Top of the mind - let's say Mumbai, London, Karachi-Lahore, Sydney, Cape Town-Jburg-Zimbabwe, Kingston - North America, Chennai-Colombo-Kenya, Delhi, Kolkata-Dhaka, Melbourne, HongKong - Wellington, Singapore-Bangalore-Hyderabad. When the audience is the world, wouldn't it be fantastic? He's got a proven track record for success and brand building in cricket - a great resume! Modi shouldn't allow the pettiness of the BCCI to tie him down.

  • VincentSunder on April 26, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    If only he had managed his ego and learnt that winning the war is more important than a (Tharoor) battle!!!!! Thankfully, he didnt!!!

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  • VincentSunder on April 26, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    If only he had managed his ego and learnt that winning the war is more important than a (Tharoor) battle!!!!! Thankfully, he didnt!!!

  • TheOnlyEmperor on April 26, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    ICC should now make use of this wonderful timing to secure Modi for themselves and use his immense talent for organisation and planning to create an international franchise of say 12 clubs and run it in a model similar to that of the IPL. Top of the mind - let's say Mumbai, London, Karachi-Lahore, Sydney, Cape Town-Jburg-Zimbabwe, Kingston - North America, Chennai-Colombo-Kenya, Delhi, Kolkata-Dhaka, Melbourne, HongKong - Wellington, Singapore-Bangalore-Hyderabad. When the audience is the world, wouldn't it be fantastic? He's got a proven track record for success and brand building in cricket - a great resume! Modi shouldn't allow the pettiness of the BCCI to tie him down.

  • on April 26, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Hey, I don't understand what all this talk about Modi "building" something is! He was not a pioneer in 2020 club cricket - ICL was the pioneer and IPL just copied it. If BCCI had not shown its monopolistic ego, ICL would have been a bigger hit than IPL. BCCI-with its mega influence as the biggest revenue-generator - ensured that ICC and its affiliate members banned all players who participated in ICL. And with that, made sure that IPL was a huge success. So, there is nothing that Modi has done. BCCI made it sure that IPL made it big, and not Modi - any Tom, Dick and Harry would have made IPL big anyways with the amt of money they had.

    IPL was made big due to a 'restrictive' and 'monopolistic' trade practice. I wonder why ICL bosses, read Kapil Dev, did not move court. They did all the hard work, showed how international club t20 could be run and BCCI (read Modi) takes all the credit for it!

  • on April 26, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    And secondly,TV telecast rights, guarantee money and all other forms of sponsorship i.e.,revenue earning models have been around for so long, thanks to Jagmohan Dalmiya.Lalit just leveraged on these models,not introducing anything drastically new.Dalmiya deserves a lot more credit than Lalit.He made BCCI into a cash rich organization and a cricketing super-power. People are made fools to realize that IPL was a new product-sorry,ICL was.And Lalit Modi was 'the man' who made it big.I cant understand when Lalit told a few days back that he was not ready to leave the IPL after 'creating' it and 'making' it big.Hello boss,'creating' and 'making' are words to be used by entrepreneurs,not copy-cats!! I can immediately relate people's senseless feelings about this to another similar misconception. Ppl say that Jayasuriya was the person who pioneered hitting above in-field in first few overs.It was not Jaya,but Martin Crowe,who made Greatbatch do it! Same with opening with spin(Deepak Patel)!

  • styzian on April 26, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    its a well written article... i agree that Modi was indeed trying to become bigger than the system that created him. IPL looked like Modi's own personal league. There was more Modi element in IPL rather than cricket. If he is guilty of anything, which looks like he is, he should be punished accordingly.

  • Dubby49 on April 26, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    Modi may or may not be guilty of all the charges levied against him, but the way the BCCI and the IPL GC (same wine - different bottle) has gone after Modi is unedifying to say the least.

    First the warngling over whether the GC meeting should be held today or on the first. Then when Modi caved in agreed to attend today, the 11th hour suspension to prevent him attending.

    How can any meeting of a Council whose members prevent the Chairman from attending have any relevance or legality.

    Whatever else the BCCI may be, transparent it definitely is not.

  • salujhar on April 26, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Agree with all of the comments except the last one - Lalit Modi was the worst of the IPL - he summed it up in his speech post the final - another self glorifying exercise that was completely uncalled for except for the egotistical nature of the man again coming to the fore - truly hopefully for the last time.

    Ironical how the jealousies and insecurities of others in the same system make them appear holier than thou - however, if it means the banishment of LKM and the likes, I welcome it!

  • on April 26, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Lalit Modi was the real "Commission"er of the IPL what with all the fees the fellow must have collected. Glad to see the last of the man who tried to humiliate Kapil Dev. The 20/20 vision was not Modiz .. it was Zee that came up with the ICL .. his claims to visionary is basically due to the bottomless pockets of the BCCI. The ICL was destroyed by this man .. along with that .. the futures of so many young lads .. just so that he could be in control. Poetic justice!! Loved the way he was cut to size.

    Happy day for Indian Cricket .. feel the best commissioner for IPL now would be Kapil Dev. For all the special effects .. am sure the BCCI can even hire Cameron or Spielberg if they wanted and for the business side of things .. a committee of business heads would be awesome.

  • on April 26, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Modi grew to be the beast instead of the humble servant he claimed to be in front of millions. If there was one moment that left a bad taste in the mouth during the finals, it was when Modi came to talk spoiling Chennai's moment. Boos echoed across the movie hall here in California. He ought to go and as you rightly say, we shall shed no tears.

  • Longmemory on April 26, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    "The IPL represents the best and the worst of India. It is at once a demonstration of Indian enterprise and confidence ... as it is of sleaze and moral turpitude that has never gone away" - that quote from Sambit perfectly captures the entire drama. There are, of course, no good guys in this morality play. The new order will be as venal and personalistic as Modi was. As fans of the game, the only option left for us, it seems, is to focus on cricket itself and the amazing talent on display in the various matches.