The ban was expected. But the one vote of support for Lalit Modi, that of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), was missing and it surprised considering that IS Bindra has been a longtime friend of Modi.
The PCA chief, who had stepped up the attack on BCCI chief, N Srinivasan, following the match-fixing allegations, was missing from the meeting. Instead, he sent MP Pandove, the secretary, who supported the ban on Modi.
“He (Bindra) has been close to Modi and has stood by him. The move to send Pandove was expected. Because, he was standing for a lost cause (following Tuesday’s HC verdict), and he would have been the lone man backing him. The momentum against Modi was very strong. He had sensed it,” said a BCCI official.
In fact, Bindra had demanded strong action against fixing offenders, including the CSK owners, in a meeting that was held following the scandal. He was a rare critic but he was hoping to get support. However, over the past few months, the hope seems to have vanished.
Bindra has been using the social media to air his views.
Twenty days back, he had said the BCCI was targetting Modi because they wanted to cover up an exposure of Rs. 10,000 crore. He had also questioned the legality of the probe panel appointed by the BCCI. Three days back, he tweeted that the current fixing scandal involving Gurunath Meiyappan and Srinivasan was bigger than the one in 2000.
It is learnt that he is probably waiting for the September 27 hearing against the BCCI. But it appears that things are falling back into Srinivasan’s hands.