The Supreme Court’s announcement of Lalit Modi’s victory in the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections has made him the comeback man of Indian cricket politics.
Modi’s triumph will be viewed as him getting a step closer towards getting into the inner ring of Indian cricket administration and challenging his bête noire N Srinivasan, who has referred to him as a fugitive when he has been asked about the former Indian Premier League commissioner in interviews.
Modi’s alleged misdeeds which came into the public domain during the 2010 edition of the IPL notwithstanding, there is a lot to be admired about the cricket administrator. If his main objective entering the BCCI again comes to fruition, it may not be a bad thing for the game.
Pundits reckon the BCCI is short of brave voices and full of those who are happy keeping the red flag to themselves and enjoying the subsidies provided to their state associations through the BCCI’s ever-increasing profits. With the RCA deciding to contest the suspension that the BCCI wasted no time in slapping yesterday, Modi has another legal battle on his plate.
What will happen in this tussle is anybody’s guess, but if Modi wins his latest duel, he must return to India and carry out his presidential duties. Doubtless, a cricket association cannot be run by remote control and foot soldiers. Modi’s responsibility as a state cricket administrator ought to be a lot more than just aiming to set foot in BCCI’s corridor of powers again.
Rajasthan won the Ranji Trophy twice in a row in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and the players must be backed administratively to come closer to winning another title for Modi’s return to enjoy true cricketing significance.
Modi will not be the first administrator to get back into the BCCI after being booted out. If and when that happens, it will only drive home the truth that there are no permanent friends and enemies in the BCCI. To use a cricketing analogy, Modi has only won an important local tournament. A national-level victory seems miles ahead.