Modi comes up with rebel cricketing body blueprint

Former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi has made claims of ‘rewriting the history in sport’ by putting forward a ‘blueprint’ to overthrow the International Cricket Council, cricket’s current world governing body, by bringing in a cricketing system of his own into existence.

“We’re talking about another cricketing system. There is a blueprint out there, it’s got my rubber stamp on it. I have been involved in it. I say it for the first time, I’ve been involved in putting that (blue) print together,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Modi, who moved to London after being raided by the tax and financial crime authorities in 2010, has often criticized the manner in which the ICC functions and even raised his objection against the recently-devised policy of the ‘Big Three,’ that has given the cricket boards of India, Australia and England a lot of control in the manner in which the ICC functions. Modi went on to suggest that putting in a ‘few billion dollars’ for his plan and ‘taking on the existing establishment’ would not ‘be a problem.’

“The plan that I have put together is a very detailed plan. It’s not a plan that’s come off the cuff, it’s been taking years and years and years in the making. We could take on the existing establishment, no problem. It requires a few billion dollars, I don’t think it would be a problem to get that… into action,” Modi revealed.

Never shy of courting controversy, Modi also revealed that his ‘plan’ doesn’t have room for One-Day Internationals (ODI), which he deems redundant in the current scheme of things.

“The plan conceives only of Test cricket and T20; it doesn’t take into account one-day at all. I think that is completely redundant in today’s day and age. I think it should just be T20 and Test matches that should be played, ” he added.

Modi, who has been at constant loggerheads with the former president of Board of Control for Cricket in India and current ICC chief N. Srinivasan, also harbours the dream of an affiliation with the Olympic movement.

“I have been proposing that (affiliation with the Olympic movement). The ICC will never agree to that; never means never. That means they would have to do away with the ICC. It is a plan that one day, if I ever implement it, will rewrite history in sport.”

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