The IPL team owners have said that they miss Lalit Modi, but have welcomed the new set-up as well. Well, they have no option but to think of maximising their profits, and in business, friendships come second only to the bottomline.
So, my surmise is that Lalit Modi may soon see him being forgotten by even some of the franchise owners who had vouched for him – and are still doing that – unless he can get his name cleared within the BCCI.
Unfortunately, it does not look like the BCCI is willing to relent. In the latest move, N Srinivasan, the Board secretary and Modi’s sworn enemy, said that the answers provided by Modi to the show cause notice were all baseless and an enquiry will proceed.
Modi may say that Srinivasan’s response is a mockery of law, as he has claimed. But the point is simple, you take on one of the biggest and one of the oldest sporting bodies in the country, you are going to bounce off them – without affecting them too much.