A new pirated, illegal cricket computer game is all set to give Lalit Modi something to think about. The latest PC game to hit the stands brings together the Indian Cricket League and the Indian Premier League and allows you to play and witness previously unthinkable encounters.
As a result, a match between the ICL’s Ahmedabad Rockets and the IPL’s Kings XI Punjab at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, something that’s impossible in the real world, has become a gaming reality.
In a clever yet perfect manipulation of EA Sports’ Cricket 2007, programmers have put used the engine of the existing game and tweaked it in such a manner that all the English counties have been converted into ICL and IPL teams and their rosters adjusted accordingly. So, Essex becomes the Chennai Superkings and what is the Lahore Badshahs used to be Somerset.
To add to the realism a number of Indian stadia have been introduced, including iconic and recognisable grounds like the M A Chidambaram stadium and the Wankhede stadium. These grounds were absent in the original Cricket 2007 package. The transformation of the grounds into an IPL scenario are completed with the official sponsors Vodafone and Citi jostling for hoarding space. To add to the authenticity of the experience the background music has been changed, with the addition of Indian hits, including “Chak de India.”
When contacted, former employees of EA Sports’ India said that all major Indian centres of the company had been shut down and therefore no one was available to comment on this issue. The game hasn’t hit a large number of markets, but is available for Rs 100, with a bit of bargaining!