The Rise And Fall Of Lalit Modi : Cricket, Big Money, Glamour And The Downfall

Lalit Modi joins Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, but is removed the very next year after questioning the functioning of the board. Modi joins Rajasthan Cricket Association and later overthrows the Rungta regime to become the president of the body in an election full of controversies. Modi was backed by Vasundhara Raje.

Sharad Pawar becomes the BCCI president in another acrimonious election. He pips Jagmohan Dalmiya, then the ICC chief. Modi plays a crucial role in getting Pawar the much-coveted president ship. He gets rewarded with the vice-president’s chair.

Modi along with other BCCI members asks the ICC to prepare a more equitable cricket calendar where India would get more home games. Modi and co. also start working on selling the broadcast rights for all matches played at home.
Led by Modi, BCCI decides to bid for the global rights for all ICC events from 2007-2015. The year also sees Modi clashing with the ICC over Members’ Participation Agreement. MPA puts down guidelines on ambush marketing.

BCCI sells ground and title rights for matches in India for a whopping Rs. 1.73 billion to World Sports Group. The transaction is three times bigger than the previous deal.


Lalit Modi announces the formation of franchise-based cricket in Indian Premier League. BCCI earns approximately $ 1.75 billion from TV rights, $ 908 million from promotions and $ 700 million from franchises.

The first IPL auctions take place with a host of celebrities vying for players. Eight franchises paid between $67m to $111.9m own teams.

The mix of cricket and glamour proves a heady concoction as IPL receives tremendous response in the country. The governing body declares a gross income of Rs. 645 crore in the first edition and a profit of Rs .51 crore.

Modi is accused of fraud ahead of the Rajasthan Cricket Association elections and he goes on to lose the elections to the State backed, Sanjay Dixit. He goes onto to lose the elections once again, later in the year.

MSM (Multiscreen Pvt Limited) and WSG (World Sports Group) are named as the official broadcast partners. The deal is worth Rs. 8200 crores.

IPL is moved out of India to South Africa because it clashes with the general elections. Modi and his men ensure that the second edition of the league takes place smoothly in South Africa within a short span of time.

Lalit Modi rocks the IPL boat after making the ownership details of the newly inducted Kochi franchise public. The first remark was made through a tweet targeting Shashi Tharoor, then a minister in the Congress-led government, who later resigns. The Central Board of Direct Taxes orders investigation into the sale of Kochifranchise. Tax raids take place at the IPL office in Mumbai and Modi’s home and WSG and MSM offices. Media reports are aimed at Modi, Pawar, BCCI, alleging there was lack of transparency and full-scale bungling in IPL.

Modi lays low with increasing pressure from BCCI and the media. He later tweets, ‘People pressurising me to resign – I can tell you will not happen. Let them remove me then. Truth will prevail soon. Trial by media.’ Modi refuses to attend BCCI convened meetings.

April 2010
BCCI suspends Lalit Modi over allegations of financial misconduct and sends him a show-case notice related to the governing of the IPL. Two days earlier, Modi made an emotional speech at the end of the IPL final.

July 2010
Lalit Modi demands an independent trial after BCCI sends him third show-cause notice and later, moves to High Court for cancelling BCCI’s disciplinary proceedings against him. Lalit Modi leaves India citing threat to his life and relocates to London from where he battles BCCI over the show-cause notice.

April 2011
High Court dismisses appeal filed by Lalit Modi over a decision which allowed the BCCI’s disciplinary body to continue to their actions against him.

July 2011
Enforcement Directorate (ED) issues show-cause notice to BCCI and Lalit Modi as a part of their investigations into the allegations of financial bungling in IPL.

February 2012
Modi says Flintoff’s auction was rigged and says that the ‘secret tiebreak rule helped some franchises.’ Lalit Modi receives another blow after the UK High Court ruled that Chris Cairns was a ‘scapegoat’ for match-fixing activities taking place in the ICL. Modi had alleged on his Twitter account in 2010 that he barred Cairns from taking part in the tournament due to ‘his past record in match-fixing’. After this incident, Cairns decided to sue Modi on the allegations made against him.

21 March 2012
Lalit Modi has been declared bankrupt in a London court over unpaid bills of £65,000 owed to a private security firm. ‘Until the order was served, I was completely unaware of any outstanding money. I have not seen any previous demands, but since it came to my attention, I’ve even offered to lodge the sum being claimed with the court pending clarity. But for some reason, that was refused, by the company concerned

25 September 2013
Former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi was banned for life by the BCCI. The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting held in Chennai.
– India Syndicate

BCCI Had Their Day But I Will Have The Last Call : Modi

Banned for life from India’s cricket establishment, a beleagured former IPL boss Lalit Modi is not ready to throw in the towel yet and declared that he would indeed have the “last call” in this entire issue. “They (BCCI) will have their day and I will have the last call. I am not going anywhere. I will be right here,” Modi told ‘Times Now’ after BCCI imposed a life ban during a Special General Meeting (SGM) in Chennai recently.
Modi also took a veiled potshot at BCCI’s controversial President N Srinivasan accusing BCCI members of protecting the Tamil Nadu strongman. “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 but people who are fixing matches and those who are running the Board are being protected by the BCCI members,” Modi said. “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 backward direction. Hope BCCI get their act together. I wanted to tighten the rules but at the same time make it transparent,” the former IPL czar said from his London residence. Modi feels that it’s imperative that one makes all the owners “responsible for running the game” but at the same time said that “BCCI probably doesn’t want to lose control”. However on the issue of financial irregularities, Modi didn’t come up with a concrete answer. “I don’t what they are saying. I brought USD 8 billion for BCCI,” he claimed.


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