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BCCI should demolish this iconic stadium, says Lalit Modi: ‘Build a world class stadium’ MPNRC

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IPL was created by Lalit Modi in 2008. No one knew this would be the biggest celebrity of today. As of now, BCCI is being paid 107.5 crores per match which reflects the financial revenue of the board. With abundant funds, cricket in India has seen tremendous growth, yet, there is still some room for improvement. As the infrastructure is still dilapidated at New Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla, which was renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium. One of the major grounds of the country, Kotla still produces down wickets and world class infrastructure is not available in different parts of the country. Modi said in an interview to NDTV that Kotla should be demolished.

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He said that 50 per cent of the media rights money will go to the BCCI, while the rest half will go to the IPL franchises, alleging that the BCCI is not making good use of that money.

“In 15 years IPL has contributed a total of hundred thousand crore rupees to BCCI. 58,000 in the last year alone. 50% of that money is made for BCCI, 50% is shared by IPL franchises, for example. What has BCCI done to boost infrastructure?

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“You look at the Kotla. They should demolish the Kotla. They should demolish most of the stadiums and build anew. You can put in world class infrastructure – air conditioning, good toilets, good clean eating places, good spectator experience , better seats, getting in and out of the stadium, car park. You can go underground, you can build big, but you need to invest that money and build a world class stadium. 80 per cent of the money that BCCI gets from the state It is given to the association. BCCI should make it mandatory. And it is not happening,” he said.

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Shortly after IPL 2010 ended, Modi was suspended from the BCCI on charges of misconduct, indiscipline and financial irregularities. The BCCI launched an investigation against him, and in 2013 he was banned for life after a committee found him guilty of these charges.

He further said that he wants to return but cannot do so as an FIR is still registered against him in Chennai city. He alleged that someone was trying to sabotage his efforts.

“There is still an FIR in Chennai, which we are trying to remove. Once that’s clear, I’ll be back in India. I do not want any pending issue of any court to say that I have only one case. But they will not publish the verdict. Someone is blocking the verdict in Chennai, I don’t know who!”

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