The Courier-Mail

Rebel league blueprint to take over world

- BEN DORRIES

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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.

 ??  ?? POTENTIAL FUTURE: Queensland Bulls star Joe Burns batting for Australia in the
SCG Test against India last Down Under summer (main picture); and (above from far left) Usman Khawaja, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Gurinder Sandhu with Aaron
Finch, and...
POTENTIAL FUTURE: Queensland Bulls star Joe Burns batting for Australia in the SCG Test against India last Down Under summer (main picture); and (above from far left) Usman Khawaja, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Gurinder Sandhu with Aaron Finch, and...
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