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“I think Indian cricket needs cleansing and as far as I am concerned I am going to go after them”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have decided to expel former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi after a special general meeting (SGM) in Chennai.
According to sources, all members of the board unanimously voted in favour of expelling Modi.
Haryana Cricket Association secretary Anirudh Chaudhary first proposed Modi’s expulsion and the motion was seconded by Ranjib Biswal, the Orissa Cricket Association president.
Due to the expulsion, Modi could possibly never hold a position in the BCCI again.
During the SGM, the BCCI “resolved that Mr. Lalit Modi is guilty of committing acts of serious misconduct and indiscipline, and therefore, in exercise of powers as per Regulation 32 of the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the Board, Mr. Lalit Modi be and is hereby expelled from the BCCI. He shall forfeit all his rights and privileges as Administrator. He shall not in future be entitled to hold any position or office, or be admitted in any Committee or any member or associate member of the Board.”
Upon being expelled, Modi told Times Now that he would continue to fight the BCCI and challenge their decision to expel him.
“I expected the ban, it’s sad for Indian cricket because it shows the BCCI is least concerned for the integrity of cricket,” he said. “It’s a cosy club. I’m going to be here, fighting them. I think Indian cricket needs cleansing and as far as I am concerned I am going to go after them. Till now they were colleagues. Time has now come to take everything out of the box and put it in public domain.
“I was already gone. I was suspended for three years. I kept fighting. I will continue to fight. I am moving on, I am looking at other sports. Wait and watch…it’s a global league. I have not been sitting here idle.”
The BCCI’s disciplinary committee found Modi guilty of eight different charges of “various acts of indiscipline and misconduct”.