For any lover of sport, there was no better place to be in the world this summer than London. Just as the sheen came off Roger Federer's win over Andy Murray in an emotional Wimbledon tournament, the Olympics began. If you didn't get tickets to watch Usain Bolt run faster than any man ever has, and did not find the long-distance swimming at Hyde Park particularly enticing, there was more to come. South Africa were then engaged in doing their best to knock England off their perch as the No. 1 Test team in the world. For one sports fanatic, though, London wasn't his destination of choice. For a little over a year now, Lalit Modi, has lived in exile, and is reluctant to make public his exact address, given how seriously he takes the threats against his life. By all accounts he's not exactly slumming it, but there's only so much you can gild a cage. In this exclusive interview with Wisden India, Modi opens up on what it's like to go from being the centre of attention to an outsider.
It's been over two years since you were ousted from the IPL, suspended as its chairman. What has this time been like?
Firstly, I am a patriotic Indian and I miss my country very much. I look forward to the day when I can return and hopefully that moment won't be too far away. But it's been immensely frustrating because I have still to get answers from my accusers. I've responded to all the allegations, complied with every request for information and provided documentary evidence to support my position, but there have been no conclusions made and for some curious reason, no one seems to want to advance any of the Show Causes or hearings to the point of decision. Perhaps that's how it suits them. But although it all came to an abrupt and totally unjustified end, I would rather focus on what I achieved by bringing the tournament to life in the first place.