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Indian Problem League?

Navdeep kaur marwah, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 18, 2012
First Published: 17:20 IST(18/5/2012) | Last Updated: 01:18 IST(19/5/2012)
IPL 5 in soup over molestation charges, SRK vs MCA war and spot-fixing scandal. Is it the...

A player is arrested for molestation, a team owner banned for five years, a spot-fixing scandal and smoking trouble — has the IPL turned into the Indian Problem League? Certainly, feel fans.

Among the big controversies during the ongoing fifth season of the cricket tournament is a major match-fixing scandal, the brawl between actor Shah Rukh Khan and the Mumbai Cricket Association that has resulted in SRK being banned from Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium for five years and most recently, Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach’s arrest for allegedly molesting a US citizen of Indian origin at an IPL party on Thursday night. Apart from this, a Jaipur court summoned Shah Rukh for smoking in public during a match at Sawai Man Singh stadium, and ex-IPL chief Lalit Modi and the current chairman, Rajeev Shukla, have locked horns on Twitter. And, there have been a number of ugly on-field spats between players.

“This year of IPL has had more controversies than any previous editions, be it the cloud of spot fixing, black-money transactions, Shah Rukh’s brawl or this Luke controversy. Such incidents hurt the credibility of the tournament,” says former cricketer Aakash Chopra. Communication consultant Alyque Padamsee says, “It’s like IPL ‘silly’ season. When there’s so much Bollywood, cricketers and money involved in IPL, there are bound to be flaws and controversies. You can’t only blame IPL though. It is about individuals (who are involved in the tournament). It’s mostly half truth that comes to light.” Actor-presenter Mandira Bedi agrees. “Every season has had its share of controversies but nothing beats them this year,” she says. Fans are equally fed up. “The event is about everything but the game itself — there’s nothing in it for purists,” says Kamal Sahu, 22, a sports blogger. “IPL has turned into a big fat tamasha,” says Shreya Vij, 25.


Arrested
Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach has been arrested for molesting a US citizen at an IPL party

Banned
The Mumbai Cricket Association has banned actor SRK from Wankhede stadium for five years

and more...
1. Former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the current chairperson, Rajeev Shukla, are having a war of words on Twitter
2. A Jaipur court summoned Shah Rukh Khan last month  after for smoking in public at SMS stadium during a match
3. Many players have been embroiled in on-field spats during the various matches.

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