'Game has been beautifully exploited'
Kirti Azad, former Indian cricketer and Bharatiya Janata Party MP
“ One fish spoils the entire pond and we have got too many fishes in the pond. The game of glorious uncertainties has been beautifully exploited by those who are using IPL as a kind of business and tarnishing the name of the game. There is no need to ban the IPL but ban all those people involved in IPL scandals. The politicians lust, ego and greed for money has made the game also go down. With so many politicians in the country we expect them to stop the rot in the system but they have become a system in the rot. ”
With huge money involved in IPL, it was not a big surprise that a number of people have been involved in IPL scandals. After cricketers, administrators, now even an umpire is said to have been involved in the act of exchanging hands, which is indeed embarrassing. At this moment, the ministers need to come to the forefront, take up the matter, as it is not only spoiling the name of the game, but is also a question of India's prestige.
'Remove the guilty, cricket will be clean'
Chetan Chauhan, Former Indian cricketer and Vice President, DDCA
“ Why should it be banned? The IPL cannot be just banned because of few people. The malpractises have to be removed. Strict action has to be taken against those found guilty, which includes cricketers, administrators, officials. Remove the guilty from the game and after which cricket can be clean.”
The game of cricket needs to be clean. But, there is no proof that removing the guilty from the game will clean up Indian cricket. There might be a number of people who are still involved in dirtying the IPL, but they are still scot-free. What about them? But, on a positive side - once the cleaning process shapes up, the rest should positively follow. Will it?
'Scrapping IPL is rubbish'
Anshuman Gaekwad, Former Indian coach and cricketer
“ No, the Indian Premier League should not be banned at all. IPL has helped in bringing in a lot of crowd back to the game along with a number of young cricketers. In fact, those people talking about banning are jealous with the success of the IPL. The problems need to be sorted out, but scrapping IPL is rubbish. People have a problem of talking about problems, but they do not try to solve the problem. Every problem has a solution.”
The IPL has for sure helped Indian youngsters, which can be understood with the performance of the Indian youngsters in the team. They have been so consistent that even senior players such as Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj are finding it tough to straight away walk into the Indian team. In order to see Indian cricket reach greater heights, the IPL needs to stand on its feet. But, one important question, which assumes prime importance – can we dirty Indian cricket to see India as a champion side?
'IPL linked to the underworld'
Sunita Godara, Founding member, Clean Sports India
“ The Indian Premier League needs to be banned on the grounds as it has been linked to the underworld and ISI as well. There is no excuse for criminality in sports. There are a number of politicians involved in IPL. Underground is ruling the law in India, hence the home ministry is helpless. There is ill governance in Indian politics.”
Though, many cricketers off-record may say that banning IPL could be a good thing, but it was only Sunita Godara, who accepted to speak about the notorious nature of the game on record as well. Cricket betting connection with underworld is not a new thing, but it has happened in the past as well, especially in Sharjah. But, if the underworld is making a comeback in cricket via IPL, it needs to be shunned completely, else the game will stoop to such level that it might never be ever clean.