Unfazed by arrest warrant, Former IPL czar Lalit Modi plans to overthrow ICC



Former IPL czar Lalit Modi
Former IPL czar Lalit Modi

Former IPL chief Lalit Modi, may be down but certainly not out. The former IPL chief has for the first time recently  admitted of  his involvement in a plot to overthrow the sport’s establishment, aiming to create a new world governing body affiliated with the Olympic movement. Modi,said a detailed plan had been years in the making. “We’re talking about another cricketing system. There is a blueprint out there, it’s got my rubber stamp on it,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in an interview. “I have been involved in it. I say it for the first time, I’ve been involved in putting that (blue) print together.”

Australia’s Fairfax Media has previously reported the organization plans to establish a new world cricket body, replacing the International Cricket Council and more closely aligned to the International Olympic Committee.
Fairfax reported in April that leading players such newly-retired Australia captain Michael Clarke, opening batsman David Warner could be offered as much as $50 million to sign up. In a radio interview , Warner said any such offer would be tempting. “You can’t rule it out, you can’t say no, because … we love playing the sport we do but we also love getting paid for what we do,” Warner told Sky Sports Radio. “I’m just being honest in saying it’s not out of the question, and I’d certainly have to think about it.”

In the past, while acknowledging involvement in discussions to set up a new governing body, Modi had insisted he had walked away from the project. “The plan that I have put together is a very detailed plan, it’s not a plan that’s come off the cuff, it’s been taking years and years and years in the making,” he said.

Modi, who  now is in exile  in London after he left India in 2010 when tax and financial crime authorities raided his premises, has long been critical of the International Cricket Council’s governance structure and financial model. He has voiced concern at the control exercised by India, England and Australia over the way world cricket is run and said he believed he could spearhead an alternative. “We could take on the existing establishment, no problem,” he said.

“It requires a few billion dollars, I don’t think it would be a problem to get that… into action.” Modi was sacked as IPL commissioner in 2010. In 2013, he was banned for life from playing any role in cricket administration by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Last week, a warrant for his arrest was issued by a court in Mumbai at the request of India’s economic intelligence agency, the Enforcement Directorate, which is investigating allegations of money laundering.

Modi has not been charged and denies all the allegations. His blueprint foresees a new cricketing world body affiliated with the Olympic movement and a rival calendar of events to the ICC’s, based on Test matches and T20s with 50-over one-day internationals dumped. “The plan conceives only of Test cricket and T20; it doesn’t take into account one-day at all,” he told the broadcaster.

“I think that is completely redundant in today’s day and age. I think it should just be T20 and Test matches that should be played.” He added that an affiliation with the Olympic movement, amid growing calls for T20 to be played at the world’s biggest sporting event, was part of the plan. “I have been proposing that. The ICC will never agree to that; never means never,” he said.

“That means they would have to do away with the ICC. It is a plan that one day, if I ever implement it, will rewrite history in sport.”  Modi has previously denied any involvement with the rebel organization.



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