Lalit Modi was a cricket administrator from 1999  © Getty Images (File Photo)
Lalit Modi was a cricket administrator from 1999 © Getty Images (File Photo)

One of the most forward-thinking figures in the Indian cricket administration has decided to move on and let go of his tainted yet successful legacy. Architect of the now a money-crunching IPL, Lalit Modi has decided to bid adieu to the game for good. Currently living a life of an accused in exile, Modi in a tweet thanked everyone for his growth as an administrator and making his pet-project IPL a global success.

Modi, in his tweet that also had a letter noted to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, stated that he has done enough for Indian cricket and now it is time for future administrators to take up the mantle. Modi’s tweet read, ” Dear Fans of cricket & the lifeline of the game. I want to take this opportunity 2 thank each & everyone of you for making @IPL what it is ” Modi was the first chairman and commissioner for IPL, and ran the tournament till 2010. He was also a chairman of the now-defunct Champions League from 2008-10. Modi was BCCI vice-president from 2005 to 2010. He headed Rajasthan Cricket Association from 2005 to 2009 and 2014 to 2015. He was also the vice-president of Punjab Cricket Association from 2004 to 2009. Modi’s first run-in as cricket administrator came way back in 1999, when he was elected as a member in the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association but failed to make any impact.

 

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is pursuing 17 cases of alleged financial impropriety against Modi and other former office-bearers of the BCCI-IPL under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)