| Lalit Kumar Modi |
Calcutta: A show of hands, with nobody dissenting, and out of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) went Lalit Kumar Modi.
This is one achievement Modi won’t be pleased with: He actually united the BCCI!
It’s another matter that the unity is hardly likely to extend beyond the 30 minutes it took for Wednesday afternoon’s SGM in Chennai.
Still, ‘credit’ to Modi, who has parked himself in London after IPL III, for having brought president Narayanswamy Srinivasan and predecessor Shashank Manohar on the same page.
The page in question having everything to do with Modi’s expulsion for “committing acts of serious misconduct and indiscipline...”
Even though the BCCI’s memorandum of rules and regulations, in effect its constitution, has no banishment for life, it’s taken for granted that it is so.
Till May 2010, Modi was the IPL’s chairman and commissioner. He’d also served as the BCCI’s vice-president. Today, he’s been kicked out.
However, nothing is really cast in stone in the BCCI.
Consider this: Less than seven years after his expulsion, Jagmohan Dalmiya was anointed its interim president.
Then, Inderjit Singh Bindra was suspended for two years. Yet, not much later, the BCCI was instrumental in his becoming the International Cricket Council’s principal advisor.
So, strange things can happen in the BCCI. Friends turn foes and foes become friends. There’s hope, then, for the combative Modi.
Like Dalmiya, Modi may move court for relief and will be praying that the BJP forms the next government at the Centre.
According to well-placed sources of The Telegraph, Srinivasan chaired the SGM, but (rather unusually) kept a low profile, speaking very little.
[Unless the Supreme Court passes an adverse order, on Friday, Srinivasan will get a third year in office. The AGM is scheduled for Sunday.]
As one of the sources said: “The proposal to ban/expel Modi came from the floor... Haryana’s Anirudh Chaudhry proposed and Odisha’s Ranjib Biswal seconded...
“It was unanimous, with nobody objecting... Some, of course, wanted clarity on the term ‘expelled’... The rules and regulations were strictly followed.”
Chaudhry is the son of Ranbir Singh Mahendra, who was denied even a second year as the BCCI president by, among others, Srinivasan!
How times change.
The BCCI’s senior-most vice-president, Arun Jaitley, and Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, two members of the disciplinary committee, were not present.
For obvious reasons.
According to another source, while the SGM was on, one of the BCCI’s lawyers called from New Delhi to tell Srinivasan that the Supreme Court had not entertained Modi’s plea for a stay.
One isn’t suggesting that Modi is a saint, but the BCCI needs to introspect hard. What, for example, were the other members of the IPL’s governing council doing when he ran riot?
If there were so many irregularities, why has only Modi been hanged? What about the paid officials, who came on board as professionals?
Surely, the BCCI has much to answer.
Incidentally, 29 of the affiliated units were present — all except for Jammu and Kashmir.
Till late in the evening, it wasn’t clear why nobody came from Srinagar.