27 October, 2020

The Judas Council

Modi is skewered. What about the culpability of the firing squad?

Apoorva Salkade
The Judas Council

As former IPL commissioner/chairman Lalit Modi finds refuge in the righteousness of the wronged, it seems his exit is becoming a catalyst for a realignment in BCCI politics. In the shifting sands of Indian cricket, the resident god of IPL was reduced, in one instant, to a mere supplicant. Quoting the Gita, rudraksh beads wrapped around his wrist, Modi breathed defiance in his speech after the final match last Sunday. Minutes later, he received an e-mail informing him of his immediate suspension, and asking why he shouldn’t be subjected to further action.

Monday morning in Mumbai was scorching, and outside the BCCI some 200 journalists waited for the IPL governing council meeting to end and the last rites of the former IPL commissioner to begin. BCCI president Shashank Manohar and secretary N. Srinivasan—two men with obvious animus for Modi—expounded on Modi’s sins. Manohar, a lawyer, spoke with great effect for some 40 minutes, and what he said about Modi wasn’t unexpected.

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