Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act: This Time It’s India's Cricket Corruption
Hasan Minhaj talks of India’s cricket corruption in his latest episode
After an explainer episode on the Indian elections, Hasan Minhaj is back with a rib-cracking take on Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) hold on world cricket. And corruption.
The Netflix original series Patriot Act focuses on topics of concern that are current – these vary from elections to global warming. And with the International Cricket Council World Cup 2019 on the corner, the Patriot Act’s latest episode was called Cricket Corruption.
And one cannot talk about corruption in cricket without mentioned BCCI or the Indian cricket. To stay true to the cause, Minhaj interviewed former Indian Premier League (IPL) boss Lalit Modi in London.
Modi was the brain behind the IPL but he fled to London in 2010 after he was ousted for financial irregularities just minutes after the final of the third edition of IPL concluded.
Modi plead guilty to all offences except one: BCCI’s control over IPL. “Don’t you think you created this problem by creating the IPL” asked Minhaj. “I did, and I didn’t foresee this. That’s right. I am to blame for it,” replied Modi.
Minhaj shared a hilarious forty-second clip from the interview on Twitter with the caption: Let’em popo off. In the video, Minhaj speaks about Modi fleeing India to avoid jail time for kidnapping charges. Modi asserts there was no jail time and adds he did "200 hours of community service."
In another video shared with the caption "Couldn't leave London without reading Lalit K Modi's rap sheet to his face”, Minhaj read Modi’s rap sheet to his face.
"The BCCI found you guilty of eight counts of misconduct including rigging bids for franchise owners you preferred and accepting kickbacks from broadcast deals,” said Minhaj.
Modi responded by saying that he has done nothing wrong and that the "government has not found zilch" on him.