Calcutta: Banned for life from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the beleaguered former IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi is not ready to throw in the towel yet. Instead, he said that he would have the “last call” on the entire issue.
“The BCCI will have their day and I will have the last call. I am not going anywhere. I will be right here,” Modi told a news channel after the Board imposed a life ban during a special general meeting in Chennai on Tuesday.
Modi accused BCCI members of protecting president Narayanswamy Srinivasan,
“I think fans are a little disappointed on this match-fixing issue and also the persons involved.
“It is really sad that they banned the person who created the league, while the people who are fixing matches and those who are running the Board, are being protected by the members.
“The issue is very simple to me. The brand itself is bigger than any one person. But my name is married to IPL. I am the architect of IPL. It was a difficult dream but I realised it.
“I did a few things but I wanted the league to improve. But it’s now going in the backward direction. Hope the BCCI gets its act together. I wanted to tighten the rules and, at the same time, make it transparent,” Modi said.
Modi feels it’s imperative that one makes all the owners “responsible for running the game”.
However, on the issue of financial irregularities, Modi didn’t come up with a concrete answer.
“I don’t know what they are saying. I brought $8 billion for BCCI,” he claimed.
“I tried to protect the interest of BCCI and they accuse me of arm-twisting a franchise! After I left, two franchises had to quit the league (Deccan Chargers Hyderabad, Kochi Tuskers). BCCI lost $700 million. Since I didn’t toe their line, I was accused of financial impropriety,” Modi said.
Modi said that he is “ready to move on” from the crisis.
“I have moved on and I will soon be associated with a global league. There are a lot of people in the sporting fraternity across the world, who want me on board.”