The Indian Premier League has finally seen some cleaning! Since the cricketing extravaganza started in 2008, the league had been criticised for commercialising cricket, after-match parties and escalating the glamour quotient of a gentleman's game.
In 2013, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings came under the radar for corruption charges, betting and spot-fixing, angering millions of cricket fanatics. The Supreme Court set up a committee under Justice RM Lodha which questioned top IPL board officials, bureaucrats, players, team owners and their partners.
On Tuesday, when Lodha announced the verdict, the tables were turned. Chennai Cuper Kings' Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals' co-owner Raj Kundra were slapped with lifetime suspensions from cricketing activities after they were found guilty of betting and match-fixing.
For cricket fans, more heartbreaking was the two-year ban imposed on Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals which have won the title thrice and twice, respectively.
They vented their reactions on Twitter, contemplating on the future of players, teams and the Indian Premier League.
CSK, Royals players now available. Who will grab them? Exciting time for other franchisees #IPLverdict
— Smita Deshmukh (@smitadeshmukh) July 14, 2015
Now Raj Kundra will get enough time to do Yoga with Shilpa, as he has been banned from IPL and any form cricket in India #IPLVerdict
— Avinash Pandey (@avinash61213) July 14, 2015
— Munsif Husami (@RevolverWriter) July 14, 2015
— Arnab Ghosh (@debdada) July 14, 2015
— Keshava (@Kumar_Ke5hav) July 14, 2015
— Varun Kumar (@varunkr842) July 14, 2015
Right step towards the game, nobody involved should get away without any action being taken. Much appreciated! #IPLVerdict
— Abhilash Baishya (@abhilashbaishya) July 14, 2015
#IPLVerdict for dummies: The court is basically pissed off that Raj Kundra and CSK won the Faripay Awards from bookies during the IPL.
— Devaiah Bopanna (@devaiahPB) July 14, 2015
— Ratnakar (@Ratnakarp21) July 14, 2015
Seems like these 2 teams will play with different names under different management. #IPLverdict
— Srini (@Boisterous_Man) July 14, 2015
Who'll win the fair play award now ??! #IPLVerdict
— Ðeep§ea (@DipikaMakhija) July 14, 2015
— Fahad (@rjfahad) July 14, 2015
No CSK means No IPL!! Consistency matters and I bet all other franchises will also suffer loss due to this verdict!! #IPLVerdict
— HARI PRAKASH (@hariprakaash) July 14, 2015
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Clearly, the reactions are mixed: some are happy for the cleansing, while many were sad as they will miss their favorite teams in action. But the verdict is seen as a landmark in reinstating the dignity of cricket in India. At the end, it's all about the game!
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