Rajasthan Cricket Associaton President Lalit Modi Vows Comeback Despite Cricket Ban
The "disgraced" founder of the Indian Premier League, Lalit Modi, vowed Wednesday to "fight to return to cricket administration despite being banned for life from holding any position in the sport," according to the AFP. Modi was named Rajasthan Cricket Association president on Tuesday, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India "refused to recognise the results." Modi "lashed out at the BCCI," saying that it was "unfairly punishing the Rajasthan association because of a long-running personal grudge against him." Modi: "If they have a problem with Modi, we can deal with that separately. But they just can't suspend the association. I have won a democratic election. They just can't say we don't like his face, so ban him." Modi said that he would "likely return to India after the country's general election ends next week when the ruling Congress party are expected to be thrown from power following a decade in charge." Modi: "I am sure under a new government there will be no witch hunt like... under the existing one" (AFP, 5/7).