Lalit Modi may have been unseated as Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) President by Sanjay Dixit but if you expect him to show propriety and political correctness and quit his positions as Board of Control for Cricket in India Vice-President and the more glamorous Indian Premier League Commissioner you can have another thought coming
Ideally, he must consider quitting cricket’s larger corridors of power in the wake of the electoral verdict in Rajasthan. It would be a great example for sports administrators. But there is far too much at stake for him in BCCI and IPL – not necessarily in that order – for him to consider leaving either body now.
We have been already told by no less a person than BCCI President Shashank Manohar that the RCA elections have nothing to do with Modi continuing as the Vice President of the BCCI and as Chairman and Commissioner of the IPL. Modi was elected BCCI Vice-President in 2008 for three years and as IPL Chairman for five years till 2013.
For the moment, there may not even be a debate on whether Modi should step down. Instead, the focus has been on something as trivial as whether Rajasthan Royals’ IPL matches will be hosted at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur or not.
Modi’s benefactors have also reminded us how Madhavrao Scindia was elected BCCI President as a representative of Haryana Cricket Association (instead of Madhya Pradesh) and Inderjit Singh Bindra’s was elevated to the top job from the west zone instead of Punjab Cricket Association.
Even if these cannot really be seen a precedents because neither Scindia nor Bindra was defeated in his home base, Modi could well continue in BCCI and IPL with nonchalance. Perhaps, the question of propriety does not arise because Modi belongs to the ruling group within the BCCI.
For all that, it also not make any sense for such people to blame the new political bosses of a State for victimising them. “I paid the price of being close to (former Rajasthan Chief Minister) Vasundhara Raje,” Modi complained after the defeat. “The State Government did whatever it could to defeat me.”
Come to think of it, it is said those who live by the sword (read bank on political support) die by it. But this ‘death’ is only at a lower level and Modi will continue to rule the roost – at least for the time being – as far as IPL is concerned. You can expect some of his opponents within BCCI to make polite noises but those will be muffled.