A grim corporate world looking always for those mega bucks colluded with the political world with a dash of bollywood and invested in sporting world to create a multi-million dollar entity named, the IPL. When it was announced and formulated by an Indian cricket administrator by name Lalit Modi, the cricketing world went into a tizzy as the entity promised millions to those who partook in it. Still, the world was not convinced as it had to see proof before beleiving. The first edition of 2008 happened and all the cacophony begun.
IPL Skeletons start tumbling
The roaring success of the first edition brought in much more moolah and many more investors who looked the big bucks the game offered. They were not cricket enthusiasts, mind you. Lest, how can one imagine Shilpa Shetty and Preity Zinta talking of runs and wickets as if they were on a retake from their film shoots. The cricketing circus went on and the second edition saw itself to be transported to South Africa and still it was a success as cricket crazy Indians forgot they were watching a comic show which was being played in the name of cricket. There was no room gritty performances, there was no room for building an innings, there was no room for those subtle variations of a bowler. The motto was hit the ball hard, make your owner happy. The harder the hit, more the popularity with the crowd and the owner, ultimately bigger bucks.
But all this went on till a cruel twist surfaced soon after the end of IPL-3. The emergence of Team Kochi with the influence of an Union Minister, Shashi Tharoor set the ball in motion with the IPL Commissioner, Modi falling a bait for the politics. Tharoor responded in kind and after a session of tit-for-tat, both lost their jobs. Tharoor lost his Ministry and Modi his command over IPL.
And the BCCI which took all these on its nose started to punch it back ala Rocky. First it removed Modi from its Board and now has suspended the teams of Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals for the allegations of money laundering and financial discrepencies. But it is an open secret that the suspension of these two teams was the alleged presence of Lalit Modi behind the onwers. Now with the latest decision, the BCCI has taken a road for a long legal battle and the continuance of the IPL 4 has become questionable.
Who is to be blamed for this? Blame it on Kapil Dev! He is the one who has started out a rebellious cricket league, ICL, with the backing of Zee Network’s Subhash Chandra and prompted the BCCI to come up with its own version of T-20 cricket called, The IPL.