With the Indian Premier League hit by controversies, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav today demanded that the tournament should be closed down. "IPL should be closed," he told reporters outside Parliament House when asked to react on the spat between Shahrukh Khan and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials and other controversies surrounding the game
Into its fifth season, the Indian Premier League has been rife with controversies ranging from molestation allegations to superstar scuffles. We take a look at the top controversies this season.
The fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) that went through disappointing viewership ratings and lukewarm brand response is finally seeing some action. With a few more matches to go, advertising rates have begun to soar. Himani Chandna Gurtoo reports.
Sports minister Ajay Maken Wednesday said suspending five domestic players allegedly involved in spot-fixing was not enough and the Indian cricket board needed to do more to get to the root cause of the menacing problem.
A sting operation by a TV news channel has caught a few domestic cricketers claiming that IPL franchises pay them more money than they are entitled to as per the BCCI rules, to retain or lure them from other teams. HT reports.
Irrespective of whether Pune Warriors play at home or away, a major chunk of the crowd is draped in the team's turquoise colours and their logo of a spear-wielding warrior atop a horse. Rohit Bhaskar
Chris Gayle is savouring another wonderful IPL season after infusing some method to his perceived madness. Ashutosh Sharma
Opening batsmen's big scores have helped teams get to big scores and make a case for winning games. Somshuvra Laha
reports. Top scorers
| Chris Gayle
The bookie-pimp nexus, exposed by the Delhi Police a few days back, that hatched a plan to fly out a huge number of call girls to Sri Lanka ahead of the T20 WC in September-October, however, lends credibility to the "honey-trap" theory. Subhash Rajta
Ajinkya Rahane has managed to surprise even himself with his smashing form in the IPL so far and the young Rajasthan Royals batsman says the entire experience has been like living a dream.
A short video featuring former India captain Sourav Ganguly's life, full of controversies and glorious achievements, in a typical Bollywood potboiler style has become a rage on the internet.
There are quite a few sibling rivalries on in the IPL, and no one's willing to lose for love. Khurram Habib
writes. How they have fared
Delhi Daredevils' Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan became the latest to join the list, when they were featured in Diamond Comics with the red-turbaned man whose brain works faster than a super-computer, Chacha Chaudhary, and his Goliathesque sidekick from Jupiter, Sabu. Rohit Bhaskar
When Pune Warriors returned to the hotel that's been their home for nearly two months for a five-night stay last time around they were greeted in the lobby like victorious warriors returning home. Amol Karhadkar
Tuesday's game between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will mark the conclusion of three-fourths of the league stage of the IPL V. HT reports.