Spotted the following comments on Lalit Modi’s Twitter stream: [My comments in paranthesis]
I have been sent messages thru various quarters to entertain Fica Preisdent Tim May. Unfortunately we do not recognise Fica or any agents.
[Tell us why? What in the rule book proscribes the IPL from “recognizing” agents and/or associations of players, other than your innate unwillingness to be questioned?]
Been told Ricky Ponting pressuring players not to come. Maybe its due to the fact he was dropped from KKR.
[What’s with the ad hominem riff? Been told by who? I’ve been told all sorts of things about the monetary considerations involved in the granting of franchises — but that doesn’t mean I can say what I please, about LKM or anyone else, unless I have some proof I can put on the table. “I’ve been told”, and three rupees, will buy you a cutting chai, dude.]
We will allow replacement for those who decide not to show up. They risk being in future IPL. The call will be there’s.
[Right. Typical — there is plenty more in the sea, if you don’t come we will look at the B grade players, and if they don’t come there is always Grade C… — anything, rather than actually sit down and address legitimate concerns].
We will not be dictated by players associations where to play. DLF IPL will be played in India.
[Good for you. Then again, no players’ association has till date attempted to “dictate” where the IPL should be held. What they have said is, we have some security concerns, we would like to be heard, please could you brief us on arrangements?]
Chances Champions League will be in India – will teams say they will not come ??? Doubt it.
[If the atmosphere at the time is vitiated by terrorist threats, foreign teams at that time will ask for reassurance. What’s wrong with that? When we went to Pakistan, we actually sent our own security people there to independently check out the arrangements, rather than accept the Islamabad government’s assurances. Sauce for the goose. Incidentally, look what happened when one team decided to go by governmental “assurances” — remember Sri Lanka?]
South african players – touring india as we speak – securtity is fine for them now as provided by the Governement. All happy now.