Rebel league blueprint to take over world
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FOLLOW THE ACTION: IF YOU have grand plans to take over world cricket, you do it by stealth.
Just like Kerry Packer who secretly signed dozens of players before launching his World Series Cricket attack.
You don’t announce it on television. Colourful cricket identity Lalit Modi (pictured) did exactly that last night when he used ABC-TV’s Four Corners program to reveal his association with a rebel circus which had targeted Australian stars as part of a plan to hijack world cricket.
Indian Premier League founder Modi said it would be “no problem’’ to take on an existing world cricket structure dominated by the Big Three of India, England and Australia.
“It requires a few billion dollars,” he said. “I don’t think it would be a problem to get that into action. The plan that I have put together is a very detailed plan. It’s not a plan that’s come off the cuff, it’s been taking years and years and years in the making.”
Modi was fired as IPL commissioner in 2010, banned for life from Indian cricket administration in 2013 and a warrant has been issued by a court in Mumbai for his arrest over money laundering allegations.
Aussie players – who were aware of the breakaway group’s plans as far back as Oc- tober – have shown scant interest despite speculation of 10-year contracts worth $50 million for the likes of Michael Clarke and Dave Warner.
The organisation behind the proposed breakaway group, Essel Group, bankrolled the Indian Cricket League which went bust owing about $2 million in wages to cricketers including a few Australians.
Modi’s blueprint envisages a rival calendar of events to the ICC’s, based on Test matches and T20 games.