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Comparison with Fifa, Are you joking Mr Modi?

cricket Updated: Apr 19, 2009 01:59 IST
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In an interview to an international news agency IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi said that IPL’s speed of preparation for the tournament should inspire FIFA in its struggles to organise football's Confederations Cup SA in June and the 2010 World Cup.

"FIFA has been working here for 8 years, we have been here for 22 days," Modi said Thursday. "I hope they learn from us. We will have a carnival that we will talk about and remember."

There is no harm in Modi blowing his own trumpet but he missed one simple point. The 2010 FIFA world is a far bigger event than IPL II with 32 countries playing 63 games at 10 venues. During the 2006 world cup in Germany, over two million foreigners visited the country.

And 2010 promises to be a bigger event with fans from 205 countries requesting a total 1,862,319 tickets in the first phase. But then Modi was being Modi: Loud and louder.