IPL/Lalit Modi update

Spotted the following comments on Lalit Modi’s Twitter stream: [My comments in paranthesis]

LalitKModi
3:51pm, Feb 24 from UberTwitter

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?]

LalitKModi
3:54pm, Feb 24 from UberTwitter

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.]

LalitKModi
3:49pm, Feb 24 from UberTwitter

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].

3:50pm, Feb 24 from UberTwitter

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?]

LalitKModi
3:55pm, Feb 24 from UberTwitter

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?]

LalitKModi
3:56pm, Feb 24 from UberTwitter
Australia tour to india in oct – will australian players association dictate them not coming then ? Doubt it.
[The Australian Cricket Association — Cricket Australia — will then do what the CA has done in the past. It will discuss the security arrangements with the BCCI; it will send its people to inspect the arrangements, and then CA will give an all clear to the players if they are satisfied. What is being forgotten here is, a bilateral tour is between the two boards. The IPL however is a different kettle of fish — the boards have nothing to do with it, players appear in their individual capacities. Therefore neither CA nor any other board can, or will, get into the security question — that is left to the players and/or their representatives, whom of course you do not recognize].
LalitKModi
3:58pm, Feb 24 from UberTwitter

South african players – touring india as we speak – securtity is fine for them now as provided by the Governement. All happy now.

[See above. The ongoing tour is bilateral. Security was discussed between the BCCI and the UCBSA, which are the two stakeholders organizing the tour. And the government is guaranteeing security. Isn’t that all that the players’ associations are asking for? So what is your problem again?]
LalitKModi
3:58pm, Feb 24 from UberTwitter
How will that situation change in two weeks – so what’s the motivation about these issues being raised now is the question one needs to ask.
[That situation changes in two weeks because, while the UCBSA is green-lighting this tour, played under the ICC’s aegis, the UCBSA is not in a position to tell individual players to go play in the IPL, because that tournament does not fall under the ICC framework, and is therefore outside of the boards’ purview. Sorry to repeat myself, but…]
And finally:
LalitKModi
4:05pm, Feb 24 from UberTwitter
We allow only 4 intl players per team. Few miss – no issues. We have great talent in each team. More oppertunity for replacement to others.
[Awesome! Tum nahin tho aur koi sahi — and we thought feudalism was on the wane in this country.]
Grant the man this — he is value for the time you spend following him. Here — do it yourself.
In related, Dileep Premachandran on why the IPL should stay in India.
I agree, entirely. Neither Lalit Modi, nor the government of India, nor the franchises, should be seen as bowing to terrorist blackmail and shift the IPL out of India. [Again — lack of adequate security or rather, the GoI’s concern that it could not provide adequate security, was why it was moved to SA last year — a fact conveniently forgotten in the current hoopla].
But does it then follow that neither Modi, nor the GoI, should be prepared to discuss with players and their representatives any concerns they might have?
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36 thoughts on “IPL/Lalit Modi update

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  3. But does it then follow that neither Modi, nor the GoI, should be prepared to discuss with players and their representatives any concerns they might have?

    Does it also follow that the players and their so-called representatives should trust Mr. Modi and the GoI? Remember, the players are not duty bound to play in the IPL.

    It is simple.

    1. Player raises concern.
    2. Mr. Modi addresses the concern.
    3. if(Player is satisfied) “Matter is closed”
    else player raises more concerns. Go to Step 2.

  4. Again — lack of adequate security or rather, the GoI’s concern that it could not provide adequate security, was why it was moved to SA last year — a fact conveniently forgotten in the current hoopla

    The IPL2 happened at the nearly the same time as the general elections, and providing security for a nationwide election in the world’s largest democracy is no child’s play — a fact YOU conveniently forgot. Also, Mr. Modi tried all he could to keep IPL2 in India, but no matter how “powerful” you think he is, he cannot give orders to the Government.

  5. Awesome! Tum nahin tho aur koi sahi — and we thought feudalism was on the wane in this country.

    Just what does this mean? What has feudalism got to do with it? I think Mr. Modi’s comment is fairly easy to understand (unless you are hell-bent on criticising everything he says).

    Only 4 players per team, so some good foreign players would not get a chance to play.

  6. That situation changes in two weeks because, while the UCBSA is green-lighting this tour, played under the ICC’s aegis, the UCBSA is not in a position to tell individual players to go play in the IPL, because that tournament does not fall under the ICC framework, and is therefore outside of the boards’ purview. Sorry to repeat myself, but…

    WTF? The players need a NOC from the home boards to play in the IPL, and if they refuse to give it, the players don’t play in the IPL. This also means that if the boards give the NOC, the players are given a green signal to play the IPL. Note: Was there any reason for Mr. Modi to introduce this additional clause? No, but if he didn’t everyone would be like Flintoff, and of course, Mr. Modi would be blamed for it.

  7. See above. The ongoing tour is bilateral. Security was discussed between the BCCI and the UCBSA, which are the two stakeholders organizing the tour. And the government is guaranteeing security. Isn’t that all that the players’ associations are asking for? So what is your problem again?

    What is YOUR problem again? In case of IPL too, the players association is asking for guaranteeing security, and they got it. However, they are not satisfied with the guarantee, they want a PROOF as well. Who has the attitude problem here? Mr. Modi? Yeah, why? He is so successful, so let us try to blame him for everything and feel proud of our achievement.

  8. The IPL however is a different kettle of fish — the boards have nothing to do with it, players appear in their individual capacities.

    Oh, the boards have nothing to do with it, but the player associations have “something” to with it? Get your facts right first. These players who appear in their individual capacities have contracts with their boards, which means the boards do have something to with it. But what do the associations have to do with it? Nothing.

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