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#CLIMAX!: Indian-American author Manil Suri in BAD SEX award win

Indian-American mathematician and author Manil Suri has won the least sought-after prize in the literary world, the ‘Bad Sex in Fiction Award’, which ‘honours’ the most embarrassing erotic scenes in novels. The prize – awarded by the Literary Review – was announced at a ceremony in London on Tuesday night …

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‘All-Powerful BCCI is bad for the game of Cricket’ – Lalit Modi

Lalit Modi has slammed the unchecked domination of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), a day after the Indian board expelled the former Indian Premier League Commissioner for alleged "financial irregularities".

The decision to ban Mr Modi, 49, was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) of the BCCI in Chennai on Wednesday, a meeting that the London-based multi-millionaire had sought to halt with a plea to the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court judges however, dismissed Mr Modi's appeal paving the way for the BCCI to censure the man who founded India's multi-billion dollar domestic Twenty20 league.

Speaking exclusively to the UKAsian at his home in London, Mr Modi bemoaned the BCCI's hold over the international game. 

"The BCCI is a very strong organization and that's the sad part.  I wish the International Cricket Council had the teeth to deal with the BCCI.  The ICC is a gutless body that refuses to do anything especially with a huge issue like match-fixing in India.  It's absolutely shocking."

Mr Modi cited the recent example of the BCCI's opposition to the appointment of Haroon Lorgat as the Chief Executive of Cricket South Africa (CSA) and subsequent threats by the Indian body to shorten a lucrative tour of South Africa by the Indian team later this year.

"I think cricket overall needs a clean-up and we need someone who can make decisions and there are people like that.  If you take the example of Haroon Lorgat, the Indian Board doesn't like him because he talks his mind and tries to do the right thing. 

Because the Indian Board cannot control Lorgat they have threatened to curtail the number of test matches and ODI's that India will play against South Africa which is the best cricketing nation in the world at the moment.  It is harmful to the game."

The BCCI issued a statement following the SGM saying: "The Board has resolved that Mr. Lalit Modi is guilty of committing acts of serious misconduct and indiscipline, and therefore, in exercise of powers as per Regulation 32 of the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the Board, Mr. Lalit Modi is hereby expelled from the BCCI.  He shall forfeit all his rights and privileges as Administrator. He shall not in future be entitled to hold any position or office, or be admitted in any Committee or any member or associate member of the Board."

The BCCI's disciplinary committee had earlier found Modi guilty on eight different charges of "various acts of indiscipline and misconduct".

The charges, relating to irregularities in various financial and administrative matters of the IPL including the sale of franchise and media rights, were pressed by the BCCI in 2010 soon after Modi's dramatic exit from the league he founded.

Mr Modi said the Board decision was something that he had "expected" and that it was a mere "formality".

The committee found Modi guilty of rigging bids during the franchise auction in 2010, arm-twisting the Kochi franchise and threatening to terminate their franchise agreement in favour of another bidder, selling media and internet rights without proper authorisation from the BCCI and showing interest in creating a rebel T20 league in England without the knowledge of the BCCI and the ECB.

Mr Modi refused to confirm whether he will create a tournament akin to the IPL in the UK but did say that he was planning "something very big" and to continue to "fight to clean up cricket".


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