Soon the Indian domestic T20 league could be rechristened the Indian Problem League. For, since its inception six years back, the cash-rich tournament has run into many controversies and legal tangles.
From spot-fixing to after-match parties to cheerleaders accusing some players of acting fresh with them to franchises getting disbanded at the whims of the cricket board, the league has seen it all.
In short it is making a mockery of the way cricket is seen. The T20 format has never been a game for purists, it is more an entertainment but the league has mixed it with a bit of glamour, glitz, and of course, very little cricket.
The league came under heavy fire from all parts of the world, with the fixing saga reaffirming its status as the most controversy-ridden till date.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan was among the first to rip into the league, tweeting: “Spot Fixing in the IPL.... Not the most surprising News I have heard today.”
Popular Australian sports journalist Greg Baum echoed the sentiment. “You mean there was an IPL match without fixing? When? Where?” Baum tweeted.
Harish Thawani, the CEO of Nimbus, which previously telecast India's home matches before falling out with BCCI, said everyone was aware it was never serious stuff. He likened the league to World Wrestling Entertainment, which is a storyline-driven combat sport in the US with pre-determined outcomes. “IPL is to cricket what WWE is to wrestling: glitzier, noisier & stage managed. Every1 except kids & commentators knows its not serious stuff.”