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Lalit Modi Approaches ECB With Revamp Proposal For The Hundred, Along The Lines Of IPL: Report

Banned by the BCCI for life, Lalit Modi has reportedly suggested a 10-team tournament with low IPL franchise involvement, so as to help forge an English-dominated league. His plan predicts a USD 1 billion inflow into the England and Wales Cricket Board's coffers

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Indian businessman Lalit Modi has been banned by the BCCI for life. Photo: File
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The man behind the germination of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Lalit Modi has now reportedly trained his focus on The Hundred. The businessman, who is banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has approached the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) with a proposal to restructure their signature league. (More Cricket News)

Modi's proposal draws parallels to IPL's business model, according to a Cricbuzz report, with the aim to substantially bolster ECB's revenue. The report adds that the proposal suggests aligning The Hundred, which was launched in 2021, with the T20 format.

His proposed plan consists of a USD 100 million purse for the players over a 10-year period and a USD 1 billion inflow into the board's coffers. Modi has suggested a 10-team tournament with low IPL franchise involvement, so as to help forge an English-dominated league. "I have suggested only two IPL teams; it has to be an English league and not India dominated," the report quoted Modi as saying.

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Modi's proposal comes at a time when ECB is considering inducting private investors into its structure. Since Modi has been shunned by the BCCI, the English cricket board might consider his plan only after consulting with the BCCI, keeping their bilateral ties in mind.

"Being an sovereign and autonomous body, ECB is not obliged to consult the BCCI but it may for the sake of bilateral relations with the BCCI," the report quoted a source as saying.

"The BCCI is treating Modi as a pariah. While it continues to flourish on [his] invention but avoids the mention of his name. No commentator ever takes his name during the IPL," the source added.

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Meanwhile, the ECB is yet to respond to Modi's proposal.

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