Former IPL Chairman and cricket administrator Lalit Kumar Modi has called it quits from his post as cricketer administrator and the president of Nagaur District Cricket Association in Rajasthan. He wrote a 3-page letter to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri confirming his exit and urging him to provide funds to Rajasthan Cricket Association in a bid to improve the status of cricket in the state.
Lalit Modi was banned from all BCCI and Indian cricket activities after allegations of money laundering and financial misappropriation were leveled against him when he was serving as the IPL chairman.
The ban meant Modi cannot hold any administrative post in Indian cricket, but despite the barrage he was elected as the President of Rajasthan Cricket Association, which forced the BCCI to ban Rajasthan Cricket Association from its calendar and stop the funds flowing in for its development. Now that Lalit Modi has bid goodbye, in his letter to the BCCI he has requested for funds to be released soon to help RCA set bigger goals.
“For Rajasthan to aim higher, we need funds from BCCI which is our rightful share. I would therefore request you to release the funds due to RCA as soon as possible; I believe it was blocked precisely because of my presence. With my exit from all form of cricket, at all levels, forever I think RCA deserves to reclaim their share and presence on the Indian cricket map.” He wrote in his letter requesting the Board to release RCA’s pending funds.
For the past 3 years, Rajasthan has been barred from hosting a single ICC or an IPL match.
The former IPL chairman and commissioner, who is currently living his London, left India in 2010 after being accused of money laundering and illegal selling of IPL broadcasting rights. A total sum of more than 125 crores was reportedly earned illegally by the then IPL chairman from tax exploitation and proxy ownership.
His resignation now comes just before the start of the new domestic season, which would boost Rajasthan’s chances of competing again at the highest level.
Modi’s exit will open new doors for RCA, although his son Ruchir Modi continues to stay in the Rajasthan cricket circle, the 23-year-old entrepreneur currently holds the position of the President of Alwar Cricket Association.
Lalit Modi is still on the run after allegations against him were metalled, and is still to show up in India after leaving in 2010.
In his letter to Johri he also took a stand against N Srinivasan who according to him is to be blamed for the current of upheaval in Indian cricket but still is included in all BCCI meetings contrary to Modi being kept away. Srinivasan was disowned from BCCI after his team Chennai Supper kings came in the light of spot fixing in 2013. Modi alleging unfair treatment, mentioned that the CSK owner despite of a tarnished image and being asked to stay away from BCCI proceedings continues to take part in all movements.
“I wonder why the same standards are not applied to some like Mr N. Srinivasan. After all, Indian cricket administration is in a state of upheaval because of Mr N. Srinivasan. The highest court of the land, Supreme Court, has ticked him off too for his involvement in Indian cricket and has also asked him to stay away.”
Here is the three-page letter Lalit Modi sent to BCCI: