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Raging players, fuming owners: Top controversies of IPL 5
Hindustantimes.com
New Delhi, May 18, 2012
First Published: 13:33 IST(18/5/2012)
Last Updated: 15:06 IST(18/5/2012)

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:

Pomersbach-molestation
A huge controversy struck the IPL on Friday with an Australian player with Royal Challengers Bangalore being arrested on charges of molesting an Indian American woman and severely attacking her fiancee leaving him in hospital.

27-year-old Australian player Luke Pomersbach allegedly misbehaved with the woman, a US citizen of Indian origin, at the Maurya Sheraton Hotel in New Delhi on Thursday night and has been arrested, police said. Read story here

SRK-MCA
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials lodged a police complaint against Kolkata Knight Riders' co-owner Shah Rukh Khan for his alleged misbehaviour at the Wankhede Stadium.

The superstar was banned from entering the stadium for five years by MCA chief Vilasrao Deshmukh on Friday. Read story here

BCCI-Spot fixing
A rattled Indian cricket board reacted swiftly to allegations of spot-fixing and underhand financial dealings in the Indian Premier league (IPL), suspending five players until an inquiry was conducted.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/5/16_05-pg1b.jpg

They are TP Sudhindra (Deccan Chargers), Mohnish Mishra (Pune Warriors), Amit Yadav (Kings XI Punjab), Shalabh Srivastava (Kings XI Punjab) and Abhinav Bali, a Delhi cricketer who now represents Himachal Pradesh in domestic cricket. Read story here

Preity Zinta-Mohali
Kings XI Punjab owner Preity Zinta was seen visibly agitated and reacting vigorously during the strategic time out period against the controversial dismissal of Kings XI batsman Shaun Marsh against Kolkata Knight Riders in Mohali. Read story here

Mumbai's bad boys
Harbhajan Singh's boys have provided the most ugly moments of the IPL this season.

Ambati Rayudu got involved in a spat with Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler Harshal Patel during their May 14 match and was fined 100% of his match fee. The offenders

Ambati Rayudu (left) became the fifth Mumbai Indians player to be reprimanded this season. AFP photo

Rohit Sharma crossed the line last week when he kicked the stumps in frustration after MI's loss.

MI's biggest problem has been the temperamental Munaf Patel. The hot-headed pacer is proving to be a captain's nightmare, time and again blowing his top and getting into altercations with umpires and opponents. Read story here

The pitch controversy
More than the pitch it was a pinch controversy on April 11! The 27-run defeat to Mumbai Indians was too much for the Rajasthan Royals' wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami.

Chasing a mammoth 198, RR was bowled out for 170 with 2 balls to spare and Goswami blamed it on the curator. He didn't mince words to blame the Wankhede Stadium’s ground staff for his team's defeat adding that the track was changed without informing his team.

Kings' dressing down
The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) had lodged a complaint with IPL authorities against Kings XI Punjab team for damaging the dressing room.

Priety Zinta reacts as Adam Gilchrist looks on, during the IPL-5 match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Mohali. PTI/Aman Sharma

In their complaint to IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, MCA officials said that Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist had broken the dressing room door in a fit of rage after being dismissed for just six runs.


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