About cricket: A brief overview of IPL

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket championship that is held in India every year. Talented players from all over the world participate in this mega event. The brand value of this hugely successful event is estimated to be nearly $3 billion!

IPL is considered to be the richest cricket tournament in the world. During the tournament, matches are played not only as per the rules, but also within the spirit of the game. People belonging to all age groups enjoy this mega event.

This annual extravaganza is ably managed by BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India). The first season of IPL began on 18 April 2008. Rajasthan Royals, under the able leadership of Shane Warne, won the tournament.

During the inaugural edition of this amazing tournament, McCullam destroyed RCB's bowling attack. His awe inspiring to wield the willow has spectators on their toes. McCullam was playing for KKR. His domination was such that out of 222 runs, his contribution was 158. His glorious innings included 13 sixes.

Adam Gilchrist is one of the greatest batsmen to have played the game. During the second season, he led his Deccan Chargers from the bottom of the table to the top. He won the match for his team against Delhi Daredevils

By the time he was out on the last ball of the 10th over, he had he had scored 85 runs of just 35 deliveries. During his innings, he had scored 21 runs in the very first over. It was indeed a powerful performance.

During the third season, Yusuf Pathan scored scored century in just 37 balls. Unfortunately in that match, he was run out. In spite of his efforts, his team Rajasthan Royals lost by 4 runs. His innings was a great achievement because the score was 40/3 when he came to bat; and his team needed 213 to win.

Memories like this are many. IPL will surely create many more such amazing cricketing achievements during the years to come. IPL has given an opportunity for players like Chris Gayle have entertained cricket lovers all over the world. Gayle literally dominated season 4 and season 5. He enhanced the entertainment value of the tournament immensely.

As per the rules of IPL, a franchise can include a player in its team in five ways. They are:

  1. By signing in domestic players.
  2. By trading players with other franchise.
  3. By participating in annual auctions.
  4. By signing replacements.
  5. By signing uncapped players.

However, a player can be traded only with his permissions. A team is not allowed to have more than four foreign players in the playing 11. IPL offers Rs.25 crores in prize money. Champion team win Rs.10 crores and runner-up gets Rs.7.5 crores. The teams in third and fourth positions get Rs.3.75 crores. Other teams do not get anything. The revenue that BCCI earns from IPL is in a central pool. IPL has opened up doors of opportunity for local talent.

BCCI has a strict anti-corruption policy. This is to ensure that all cricket matches are contested on a level playing field. The results of these matches are determined solely the performance of the players.

Use of performance enhancing drugs are prohibited. BCCI has strict anti-doping rules in place. This goes a long way in maintaining the integrity of cricket. It also prevents damage to the health of participating players.

Racism is not tolerated in the tournament. BCCI has a strict anti-racism code in place. All players and team officials need to comply with all the provisions of BCCI's anti-racism code. This approach ensures smooth functioning of the tournament.

BCCI has a code of conduct in place. This ensures that players and officials respect each other. Mutual respect is very important in any field. The code of conduct also seeks to uphold values like humility in victory and graciousness in defeat.

Umpires are governed by strict code of conduct. They are prohibited from betting. They should not distribute drugs. They are prohibited from engaging in any conduct that may be prejudicial to the interests of the game.

It is unfortunate that this amazing cricketing event is engulfed by many controversies like money laundering, spot fixing and money laundering. S Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan Royals players Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were involved in spot-fixing during IPL 6 and were arrested by the police.

Gurunath Meiyappan (BCCI president N Srinivasan's son-in-law), the team principal of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) indulged in betting and spot-fixing during IPL 6. He was also arrested by the police.

Winner of the third season of Big Boss and Indian film and television actor Vindu Dara Singh was arrested by the Mumbai police for his alleged role in spot-fixing in IPL. During investigation he said that he was close to Bhajji and Virat and knew several players. He also confessed to spot-fixing. He said that he made $31,000 from betting. He also said that many Bollywood celebrities were involved in the betting scandal. Gurunath Meiyappan confessed that Vindu lured him into betting.

According to cops investigating the spot-fixing during IPL, players received up to 60 lakhs for bowling a crooked over. Bookies also supplied cricketers with women. Two bookies Manan and Chand arranged women for Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila on at least three occasions. This is shocking indeed.

IPL jokes on the internet are helping cricket fans from recovering from the shock. They have also contributed to enhancing the entertainment value of this mega event. One SMS reads, "Once all arrests are done, IPL will be played between Arthur Road Indians and Tihar Dare Devils." Located in New Delhi, Tihar Jail is the largest complex of prisons in South Asia. Officially known as Mumbai Central prison, Arthur Road Jail is Mumbai's largest and oldest prison.

Another joke reads, "Q: What is KKR's former captain Saurav Ganguli's favorite movie?" A: Gone in 60 seconds." Another joke about Lalit Modi reads, "Lalit Modi was surrounded by Priety, Shilpa, Katrina and Deepika. But now is surrounded by IT officials. He has gone from the Axe Effect to the Tax Effect."

Cricket's problem child S Sreesanth was involved in another controversy during the debut season of the IPL in the year 2008. On 25 April 2008, after Kings XI Punjab won the match against Mumbai Indians at Mohali, Harbhajan Singh, the standing captain of Mumbai slapped Sreesanth, who was playing for Kings XI Punjab. Sreesanth was caught on camera sobbing inconsolably before the presentation ceremony. Harbhajan Singh was banned from the tournament and also from the ODI team then. Many players have been fined during IPL. In fact these fines amount to thousands of dollars.

In spite of these nasty controversies, huge excitement accompanies the event every year.

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