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Cricket

Will not let Srinivasan destroy Indian cricket: Modi
PTI
New Delhi, September 25, 2013
First Published: 02:09 IST(25/9/2013)
Last Updated: 10:05 IST(25/9/2013)

Unperturbed at the prospect of apossible life ban, a defiant Lalit Modi on Tuesday continued his tirade against BCCI president N Srinivasan and said he will not "sit back quietly" and watch the Tamil Nadu strongman "destroy" Indian cricket.

With the Delhi high court allowing the BCCI to conduct its special general meeting (SGM) in Chennai on Wednesday, the decks are cleared for the board to impose a life ban on Modi for alleged financial irregularities while being at the helm of IPL from 2008-2010.

Modi admitted that to some extent he is responsible for Srinivasan's "vices" but made it clear that he will continue his fight.

"Yes, to some extent, I am responsible for Srinivasan's vices, but that doesn't mean I will sit back quietly and watch Srinivasan destroy Indian cricket," Modi told Times Now.

"Yes I made mistakes but I created the biggest brand of Indian cricket.

"I will bring up issues if he does anything wrong. I have learnt from my mistakes but Srinivasan is just opposite," he said.

The former IPL chief said what bothers him most nowadays is the prospect of Srinivasan getting a one-year extension as BCCI chief at the board's annual general meeting on Sunday.

"I am not disappointed being banned because I am already suspended. I will deal with my suspension at my level. But Srinivasan getting re-elected will be a major disappointment for me and for Indian cricket fans," Modi said.

"If Indian cricket is at stake I am ready to take on my ex-colleagues," he added.


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