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Modi's downfall a lesson for sports administrators: Bacher

Suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi is paying the price for his "autocratic" style of functioning and his potential downfall is a lesson for administrators in similar position, according to former South African cricket boss Dr Ali Bacher.

cricket Updated: Jun 28, 2010 20:22 IST

Suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi is paying the price for his "autocratic" style of functioning and his potential downfall is a lesson for administrators in similar position, according to former South African cricket boss Dr Ali Bacher.

Bacher said Modi had no doubt played a part in making the Indian Premier League an extraordinary success but his tendency to take unilateral decisions ultimately paved his downfall.

"There is no doubt that the IPL is an extra-ordinary success but his style of functioning created a lot of resentment among the other Board members. You cannot ignore the others for too long. You cannot vest all the powers on one person", Bacher told a group of visiting Indian journalists in Johannesburg.

"He (Modi) was an opportunist and his potential downfall is a lesson for persons in similar position. He is paying the price for all that now", he said.

Bacher, whose company was involved in installing floodlights in some of the IPL venues, said his payments were delayed for over 15 months as the organisers and the host association kept dilly-dallying on the payment issue.