Fugitive businessman Lalit Modi fled the country a decade ago, and was banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the last 13 years. But the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) has woken up from its slumber only now to remove Modi, who has been one of the patrons of India’s oldest cricket bodies for 26 years.
On Monday, the BCA management said it has initiated the process to remove Modi from the list.
Sheetal Mehta, BCA treasurer, said, “We have initiated the process of removing Modi from BCA’s list of patrons after the Supreme Court’s final guidelines that were issued last year. BCA will consult BCCI and the Union home ministry in connection with this matter.”
Modi fled the country in 2010 after the third edition of IPL concluded and settled in the UK since then. In 2018, the government had asked the UK to extradite Modi.
Modi’s entry into BCA happened in 1994-95 when he offered to sponsor the Baroda Ranji team for three years.
While 60% of the sponsorship money went to the cricketers, 40% was kept by the BCA.