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Now I can openly go after Srinivasan & Co: Lalit Modi

Former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi remained unperturbed and defiant despite being banned yesterday from all cricketing activities by the Indian cricket board and said the “ban is not going to stop me”.

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How the mighty fall: Lalit Modi walks on the field during a game in IPL 2 which was held in South Africa in 2009. Pic/ AFP

“Ban on me as predicted. Like I said not perturbed about it. Rather happy not to be sitting on same table as facilitators of match fixing. Only time will show I am right. I have no reason to be remorse about this as I got to live and create my dream.

Ban not going to stop me,” tweeted Modi, after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to ban him for life at its Special General Meeting (SGM) in Chennai for alleged financial irregularities in IPL from 2008-10.

Prepared to fight
Modi told news channel Times Now from London that he is not going to sit quietly and watch BCCI president Narayanaswami Srinivasan destroy Indian cricket. “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.

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.

Modi said he was also bothered about Srinivasan extending his tenure as the BCCI chief at the board’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday.

“Srinivasan getting re-elected will be a major disappointment for me and for Indian cricket fans. If Indian cricket is at stake, I am ready to take on my ex-colleagues. I am, in one way, happy. Now I can openly go after them.

Till now they were all colleagues and friends. The time has come to unravel everything, take everything out of the box and put everything out in the public domain.”

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