New Delhi: India has unleashed its trump card in a bid to get Mehul Choksi back from Antigua. Choksi, accused of various financial crimes, had taken citizenship of Antigua sometime during the last year once he realized that Indian PSU banks will no longer be giving any loan to him. Now India has requested Antiguan government’s help in bringing him back to India to face the charges, failing which, no Caribbean player will be allowed to appear in the next edition of the IPL.
India had earlier used Cricket as a diplomacy tool with Pakistan where it hasn’t been too successful with Hafiz Saeed still roaming free in Pakistan and fighting elections. Experts say this time the step may have more success considering the huge salaries West Indian players draw from the IPL. Other countries in the Caribbean are also expected to put pressure on Antigua to make sure their nationals don’t suffer due to the acts of some Mehul Choksi.
Confirming the government’s step, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “Only action we can take against any country is to stop their players from playing in the IPL. Thankfully Mehul Choksi escaped to Antigua so we could take our strictest and only action. If he had escaped to China or Russia then we would have had to promote Cricket there, improve their teams and then ban the cricketers but here we could do it directly. Now we checked and found out that there was no Antiguan national in the previous edition of IPL so we had to extend the ban to all West Indian cricketers.”
Meanwhile, Vijay Mallya has written an email to Mehul Choksi titled “101 excuses to avoid extradition to India” in which he has listed excuses like, no beer in prison, no beach view prison cell etc.