Thorough cleansing needed in BCCI, says Lalit Modi

  • Urvashi Dev Rawal, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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  • Updated: May 10, 2014 07:45 IST

Lalit Modi’s election as the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president on May 6 brought an immediate response from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which suspended the state unit for picking a banned official.

But the former IPL chairman is braced for a legal battle to get the BCCI action overturned.

In an email interview to HT, Modi said the spot-fixing scandal has shaken the trust of Indian cricket fans and wants an administrative purge in the BCCI. Excerpts:

On running RCA from London...
I have always believed in having strong systems and processes in place. It is critical my team and I understand what went wrong at the RCA and set about building an institution that will not fall apart irrespective of who runs it. Thanks to the evolution of technology, one need not be in a place to manage something.

That I contested without being present and received a thumping majority (24-5) speaks volumes of the change everyone wants to see.

Plans for RCA...
I am extremely pleased by the Supreme Court order. I was always confident of this victory given the pitiable state of affairs in RCA. The immediate agenda is to get Rajasthan cricket back on track. We have to ensure our facilities are again upgraded to world-class standards and see our players get access to the best coaching staff and facilities.

Once we set our house in order, we will have to make time for matters of the BCCI that beg our attention, so they too better watch out.

On the dip in IPL interest...
Looking at the goings on in Indian cricket — there is a betting scandal, there are allegations of probable match-fixing and then there are the sordid deeds of our friends in the BCCI…all of which are coming to haunt the fair image of the game in India. I have always believed there can only be one policy for anything that is detrimental to the interest of the game: there have to be severe consequences for breaking the rules. I have always believed in a zero tolerance policy when it comes to fixing and/or betting. The only way out is to have a complete overhaul. I am positive the SC will help.

On Gavaskar...
He is one of the greatest cricketers to have played for India. It (Gavaskar being made BCCI’s interim president) has certainly helped thus far. But to be honest, way too much damage has been done to the game and IPL’s credibility. A thorough cleansing is required.


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