Lalit Modi: Controversy's favourite child?
A graduate in sports management from a US University, Modi comes from a well-known business family which has interests mainly in the tobacco industry. Modi had a controversial life as a student as well. He was charged -- and pleaded guilty -- to charges against possession of cocaine as well as assault.
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It was in 1996, when Modi first made his presence felt in Indian cricket circles. With his company Modi Entertainment Networks, he helped ESPN to acquire television rights for cricket across the world. It was during this time only, when the idea of creating a league with international cricketers came to his mind. But, the BCCI was a bit reluctant to carry forward the idea.
Twelve years later, with Modi running the show, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was launched and immediately catapulted Modi as one of the most influential man in world cricket.