By filing his nomination papers to contest for the president's post of the Rajasthan Cricket Association, the controversial Lalit Modi has set the cat among the pigeons. On September 25, 2013, the Board of Control for Cricket in India imposed a life ban on Modi after he was charged with financial wrongdoings when he was Indian Premier League commissioner from 2008 to 2010. If Modi is elected as RCA chief, it will have massive repercussions on the BCCI and its top management, led by N. Srinivasan. Modi and Srinivasan don't see eye-to-eye and it was the latter's clout that saw the former IPL chief's ouster from Indian cricket administration.
But Modi is not one to throw in the towel. By trying to fight the RCA elections - he may actually win unopposed - Modi has directly thrown a challenge to Srinivasan and Company. With political heavyweights known to influence the way the BCCI runs, Modi will fancy his chance. He apparently has the backing of a senior BJP minister and with Parliament elections due in 2014, Modi will play a waiting game. The RCA elections, due on December 19, could just be the stepping stone and the first of many an 'encounter' with the current BCCI mandarins. Since September this year, Modi has been in the news for different reasons. Here's why (descending order):