If the IPL governing council were a batsman, there would be reason to raise the bat, aim it in every direction, and acknowledge cheers for a terrific effort. By scrapping the Chargers, the IPL has acted like a batsman decisively putting away a half volley.
Given the background of recent developments, defaults on player payments and other contractual breaches, such firm action was needed to protect the integrity of the league. The IPL had the option of either allowing the matter to drift, thus face possible erosion of the value of the league, or step in to take control and do what it did. Actually, the way things unfolded, it had no choice.
Once the clutter is removed, it becomes obvious that the issue is not the Chargers; the IPL itself was on test as a result of this controversy.
Any controversy surrounding the tournament impacts all stakeholders and if the product becomes less attractive, for whatever reason, everyone is a loser. Viewed in this perspective, action against the Chargers is a decision taken to protect business.
In its journey over the past five years, the IPL has had its share of hiccups that were team related (legal cases involving the Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI, Pune, Kochi) or commercial in nature (DLF has exited) and some came up on policy issues, for instance, the guidelines covering domestic player payments.
But now, as the tournament enters a critical phase with changes in the way central revenues are shared between IPL and participating teams, there was need for governance to assert itself. The IPL governing council has done precisely that.
The writer is a Delhi Daredevils official