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Modi show caused, Likely to be suspended after IPL 3
Published on 26 Apr. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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IPL chairman Lalit Modi will be suspended on Sunday night, after the IPL 3 final, a television news channel quoted sources as saying today. Times Now reported that BCCI has served a show-cause notice to Lalit Modi.
Earlier in the evening, despite the sword of ouster hanging over his head, Modi put up a brave face and spoke about a brand new auction next season.
“We will have 94 games (next year). More games and more competition, it will be a bit longer ... a week longer. There will be two new teams and a brand new auction next year, it will be a beginning from the scratch,” he said before the IPL final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.
Modi tried to show that he was not perturbed by his confrontation with the BCCI top brass, which wants to sack him over his alleged financial irregularities in running the IPL and spoke eloquently about the success of the Twenty20 League.
“You could not have asked for better. What a tournament, lots of excitement. Mumbai Indians won most of their matches but nobody knew which three teams would go to the semifinals till the last game.”
“Thank you cricket fans of the country and abroad, you have made all these possible,” he had said.
Earlier, ending the suspense over his attendance, IPL Chairman Lalit Modi said he would be present at tomorrow’s Governing Council meeting.
However, Lalit Modi will attend and chair Monday’s Governing Council (GC) meeting with a single-point agenda of hearing charges against him and any other GC member.
“I will attend and chair the meeting of the Governing Council as chairman and commissioner. I have issued the agenda to the Governing Council,” Modi tweeted. The move has taken the influential GC members by surprise as they had readied plans to sack Modi on charges of alleged fiscal and other organisational irregularities in running the affairs of the IPL whose brand is valued at Rs.18,000 crore (USD 4.13 billion.).
Modi’s tweet put an end to the intense speculation on whether he would attend the meeting which is expected to press for his ouster. Modi circulated the agenda for Monday’s Governing Council meeting, asking the members to give their complaints against him in writing and with supporting documents.
“On the agenda, will be a discussion on any complaints received in writing from members of the Governing Council against the Chairman, other members of the Council and/or the Board of Control for Cricket in India,” Modi said in a statement.
“Members of the Governing Council have been requested to give all such complaints in writing with the requisite supporting documents at the meeting on the morning of April 26 to the Chairman and Commissioner, so they can be replied in full,” he added.
Modi, who has been in the eye of a storm for alleged financial irregularities, had yesterday refused to resign and had even threatened to expose some people who tried to bring the game into disrepute.
The BCCI, on its part, had tried to persuade Modi to step down voluntarily but without success. Modi’s presence would mean that he would chair the meeting by virtue of being the Commissioner and Chairman.

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