The Roman Emperor Nero and former
We haven't go time to go into the complex detail here of what we at the Reverse Sweep are referring to as Kochigate. But suffice to say, Modi upset a number of powerful people within the Indian Government and BCCI when he revealed on Twitter the complex ownership modus operandi behind the
All of this would have been unthinkable only a few weeks ago when Modi’s omnipresent power seemed to be more evident than ever. Indeed, with the television coverage fixation in the IPL of continually panning on celebrities in the crowd, we could see for ourselves that Modi continually wore a self-satisfied smile not seen since the Duke of Wellington left
Before the axe falls on Modi, those who would wield it should remember that the IPL and Champions League would not be as supremely successful without its Dark Lord. Love him or loathe him, no-one can doubt his ability for promotion, greasing of palms and sheer drive. He may not be everyone’s cup of tea; he certainly isn’t ours - we are of the opinion that cricket administrators should not be seen and not be heard. But the way he has established the IPL in such a short time as the premier domestic cricket competition in the world is incredible and in its own way admirable. That said all the claim, counter-claim and posturing is over-shadowing the cricket even more than the blanket advertising and useless commentary, so something needs to give.
So as the meeting of the IPL governing council on Monday looms, the question on everyone's lips seems to be, is Modi about to be the latest in a long line of powerful men who went too far and lost their crown? If so, he will have more in common with Nero and Nixon then he would probably care for.