Sharda Ugra’s thoughts on the Indian Premier League (May 16) are timely. The IPL is a commercial spin where everyone is making money, cashing in on the mindless craze for cricket. The treatment meted out to women in the game is despicable. Women’s rights are being misused just to make the whole event attractive.
The shocking news of the alleged involvement of three star cricketers in spot fixing is not surprising. Cricket, especially its Test version, is known to be a gentleman’s game and a game of uncertainties. But this is not so in respect of ODIs and T20s, especially tournaments like the IPL. This year, there were innumerable close matches, with twists and turns that could clearly point to fixing. The three players have tarnished the game. The only way the public can teach cash-rich cricketers and cricket boards a lesson is by boycotting the IPL for a couple of years.
Spot-fixing is another form of corruption. We cannot blame the game, or for that matter, the IPL. It’s human greed. When we tolerate so much of corruption in our personal lives, why the hue and cry over the arrest of three players? Yes, they have committed the crime and they will face the music. The IPL is a private league. Its matters have no bearing on the country.
The “Indian Paisa League” and its versions have always been under a cloud. The IPL is not gentleman’s cricket but a form of business entertainment led by film stars, corporates and media channels. Former cricketers are also a part of it as commentators, coaches or players. The IPL is only a corrupt entertainment game.
Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee,
That the IPL is a powerful entertainment circus is well known. Nobody is fooled into believing that this is serious cricket. The arrests are only the tip of the iceberg. More skeletons are likely to tumble out of the IPL cupboard. Spectators continue to be cheated. In the present series, the results of some matches are cause for suspicion. One was not very comfortable with Chennai Super King’s last performance against Mumbai Indians. This is just one example.
When Lalit Modi was ousted, there were a number of charges. Then all noise died down and life went on as usual for all concerned in the IPL. The closer we look at the IPL, the more it resembles not just Indian politics but the state of our nation. It is only a matter of time before what happened today will also pass.
Spot fixing in the IPL should not come as a shock. Everybody knows that when film stars, businessmen and the elite get together, there will be sleaze. When huge money is involved, cricketers take it as their lottery. It’s time the Sports Ministry took over the cricket board