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Indian Premier League
How IPL marked an end to genuine cricket
Every since its inception, IPL had been dogged by controversies. One wonders what is really wrong with the league that involves so much money and fame.

INDIAN PREMIER League (IPL) has been in the news for all the wrong reasons ever since its inception. It started off with controversies in the auctioning process, then there was the MODI gate where it was alleged that Lalit Modi was controlling franchises more than required, IPL was then moved to South Africa, then there was the controversy about the inflow of underworld money and now this year we have the sting operation combined with player issues & star issues on stadiums.

With all the noise being generated, IPL seems to have become the Indian Panga League (Panga is a Mumbai word for trouble)!! Everyone in India loves cricket and it is truly the home abode of cricket gods but the problem with IPL has been its dubious system of player selections and unmonitored transactions. All the IPL franchises have filed for losses every year, which in itself is a big contradiction to the amount of money being spent on the league. It does not take a super human effort to extrapolate the reasons of stating a loss to save tax money. The problem of capped amount for new players is opening up a whole field of opportunities to pay money outside the system to attract new talent into the team. Players make so much money in 45 days that it might take away their focus from actually aspiring to play for their own countries!

India has had some great talents in cricket due to the fact that they loved cricket but now with IPL the focus has shifted to quick money making schemes. Every player is now worried if he is being paid closer to the top players than worrying about his own performance. There are players who want to cash in on their performance before IPL loses steam and closes down. Also remember these players are not being paid peanuts. Their salaries start from 10-30 lakhs range and in a country like India this is not a bad starting point at all. It takes a typical IT person at least 5-12 years of solid work experience and very consistent performance to match the same salary feat. So what IPL is doing is fuelling the greed than just meeting needs. Match fixing and spot fixing have been prevalent in cricket since the late 1990's and with a tournament like IPL these activities have found a new haven where the returns are fast and there is absolutely no monitoring or control!

One has to thank the brave reports of India TV who ran the sting operation to show the murky world of spot fixing and player buying that is rampant in IPL as this has exposed what has always been in everyone's mind but no one had proof. Even now with the proof BCCI claims this be one off thing! One wonders if that is even a sane statement to make for any corporation caught creating a system that encourages corruption. One final point to note is that BCCI members themselves hold stakes in franchise teams leading to serious conflict of interest situations.

Now one wonders how many rules can be setup in a country where corruption has always been very high. When everyone is a thief it is quite difficult to point fingers at one other! IPL will definitely stay in the news for a while whether for the right reasons or wrong. I just hope it doesn’t take away the fun of watching genuine cricket.

 

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