Just a few hours after he was expelled from the BCCI, Lalit Modi was enjoying the League Cup action in Manchester. The TV interviews were done; he was through with the rants against N Srinivasan & Co. on Twitter.
Despite his last-ditch effort, Modi knew the writing was on the
wall. So it wasn't surprising that the former IPL commissioner went ahead with his evening plans, instead of sulking in his undisclosed London address.
For someone, who is well-versed with the boardroom politics of Indian cricket, Modi knows nothing is permanent in the BCCI. Foes can turn into friends in no time: the board's interim president Jagmohan Damiya would vouch for it.
It was in 2006, Dalmiya, like Modi, was expelled from the BCCI for alleged misappropriation of funds during the 1996 World Cup. However, seven years later Dalmiya is the man Srinivasan turned to, in his moment of crisis, entrusting the Cricket Association of Bengal president with the interim chief's role.
Then there was case of Inderjit Singh Bindra, who was suspended for two years, yet he became the principal advisor of the International Cricket Council, with the backing of BCCI.
So, Modi will surely know that he can take the same route, if not now, at least in the future. For now, Modi is plotting to make a comeback by plunging into administration of other sports.
"I have moved on and I will soon be associated with a global league. There are a lot of people in sporting fraternity who want me on board," he has said.