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Lalit Modi says Chandra’s effort to make cricket a global sport will take time

MUMBAI: In its eighth season this year, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has just crossed the 500-match landmark.

Tweeting about this, former IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi wrote, “Key lessons from #IPL: Find your muse | Ignore the naysayers | Execute to perfection | Keep innovating | Push the boundaries.”

Regarding the 500-game landmark, he wrote, “Feel proud to see my baby #IPL cross the 500 matches #milestone. Still remember 1st game 8 yrs ago when #McCullum blazed to 158.”

He also described the IPL as the country’s sporting pride. “Emotional to see the enthusiasm of #IPLfans over last 500 games and eight years. As #founder feel humbled @IPL is India’s sporting pride.”

Referring to a story in ‘The Observer’, he noted that England’s away series against Pakistan next winter remains in the balance as the International Cricket Council (ICC) awaits a satisfactory explanation from the host broadcaster Ten Sports over its involvement in cricket’s so-called rebel movement.

Modi was involved in the early stages of the project before walking away and has since confirmed its intention is greater than a one-off tournament.

Modi claims that Subhash Chandra is looking to create a new global governing body for the sport, a theory supported by company registrations and even the creation of five new city-based cricket leagues in India as recently as January.

“They are not concerned [about recent events being noticed by the ICC]. It is not a fight you can do subtly,” Modi told the Observer.

“You cannot just go out and do it overnight; it will take time. It is not putting a tournament together; it is building it from the grass roots up. A company of their size could execute this, without doubt. And if they do it, it will be to the benefit of players and supporters.”

Now on Twitter Modi has accused the ICC of blackmail. “So for @ICC to #blackmail @Ten_Sports Tv will have little or zero impact on making #cricket a #global sport.”

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