‘Difficult’ for Modi to return to IPL, says Pataudi

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: Former Indian skipper Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi said on Tuesday that considering the charges levied on Lalit Modi, the former commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL), it would be difficult for him to make a return into the tournament.

Pataudi, who is also a member of the IPL governing council, said that even if Modi is able to prove that he is innocent, it is his way of functioning the IPL that will not favour him.

Modi was suspended as IPL chief after the final match of the tournament as he was found guilty of many charges, also including financial impropriety. BCCI had issued a show-cause notice to him to which he is yet to reply.

“We are awaiting answers to several questions put to him and, yes, it would help if he answers them to everyone’s satisfaction,” Pataudi told and Indian daily.

“But even so, coming back would be difficult as the problem with him was his style of functioning, which a lot of people had problems with.”

Pataudi said that the problem was with Modi and not the IPL and that it is important for the tournament to continue for overall development of cricket in the country. “I personally feel this (IPL) is a good product and must be encouraged,” he said.

“All cricketers and world cricket accept that Test cricket is the purest form of the game and should not be allowed to die. (But) in a country where the longer form of the game gets little or no spectator support, the ODIs and IPL will have to subsidise it. If not, you are not going to see more of Tendulkars, Dravids, Kumbles and others - and that will be a shame.

“What is happening with the IPL is exactly what happened in English cricket several decades ago. As interest in the basic form of the game, Tests and counties, was dying, the one-dayer was invented to cross-subsidise county games and Test matches.”