IT'S SAID money is the root cause of all evil. This can be said about the successful Indian Premier League, which is never short of controversies and misunderstandings - both on-the-field and off-the-filed. IPL is one of the richest sporting leagues in the world, and made its debut in 2008 after which it has become a huge hit across the globe with players eager to represent franchises and fans lining up to watch the game with full vigour. There is lot of money in the league, the use of some of which is not really constructive, hence the controversies.
One such case that came recently to the forefront related to an umpire from the elite ICC panel, Asad Rauf, an umpire from Pakistan. A Mumbai-based model, Leena Kapoor, alleged that Rauf promised to marry her, and has photos with him in a hotel room, clicked during the last IPL. Asad Rauf has said that while the photogrpah is real, and so is the relationship, he never promised to marry the model, reported PTI.
Many would say that a gentlemen's game has been sullied by by this controversy - that too by an international umpire of repute. It seems all the money and glamour is getting to the umpires as well. Though the relationship is Rauf's personal business, it will be interesting to see if ICC reacts publicy to the controversy. Maybe it has privately admonished Rauf with a warning.
There have been numerous other negative instances associated with past IPL editions. Incidents such as slap gate, franchises taking the illegal route of buying players, spot fixing, Shahrukh Khan's brawl incident at Wankhede stadium, suspension of Lalit Modi, and elimination of Kochi franchise - have all been off-the-field controversies. Now, Asad Rauf has joined the list of IPL troublemakers.