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7 Reasons why IPL is losing its sheen..!

Updated on June 15, 2016



The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a ICC acknowledged T20 Cricket League played yearly by clubs denoting Indian cities. This competition has been introduced by BCCI member Lalit Modi in 2007. Usually it is played during April and May months each year when it captivates almost the whole country. At present in its 9th edition, this biggest cricket party: IPL is mostly everywhere. And though we relished it in the beginning, it’s no more entertainment. Check out some of the following reasons::

1) Conflict of Interest:


If the evaluator is in any way linked to the participant there is an absolute conflict of interest. This term: Conflict of Interest has turned out to be the single most popular thing about Indian Cricket in the current year 2016. This helps maintain integrity in cricketing fraternity. Let us take an example of this: ‘a case where there is a threat to the equality of a party for the prospect of a conflict among the party’s personal-benefit and professional benefit or public benefit.’ This term encompasses any operation or link which is capable of possibly jeopardizing verdict making process, or impartially benefiting a party. In regards to BCCI–IPL, the provision that impaired the functioning of the committee is the exemplary Clause 6.2.4 of the BCCI governance. The provision says: No administrator shall have directly or indirectly, any commercial interest in any of the events of BCCI, excluding IPL and CLT20.

The case of Mr. N Srinivasan is a classic example of Conflict of Interest. He is the MD of India Cements, that has bought the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. And he is also BCCI chief. Not just this, but CSK captain Mr. Mahendra Singh Dhoni also held the post of Vice President of the India Cements and he played for the same team. And more importantly, this wasn't the end. The controversy was deep-rooted with several other cricketers getting involved. A famous cricketer Sourav Ganguly was embroiled in a PIL by someone who challenged Ganguly’s conflict of interest in relation to the bidding action for the makeshift franchises. Ganguly is a minority shareholder in the ISL club Atlético de Kolkata whose largest stakeholder is Sanjiv Goenka’s New Rising, which profitably bid for the Pune IPL franchise.

2) Match Fixing Controversy:


In the last 8 years since its birth, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has witnessed substantial allegations. Nonetheless, the 6th season of the league brought up controversies which intensified into one of the biggest chronicles, attracting great harm to the game's reputation. Players were suspected for fixing matches, the shareholders of the participating teams were alleged to be engaged in betting and the key position holders of the governing body were indicted with charges of defending wrongdoers.

This controversy rose its ugly head when the Delhi Police seized three cricketers, Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, who played for the team Rajasthan Royals, against the complaint of spot-fixing. In an altogether different trial, Mumbai Police indicted Vindu Dara Singh and Gurunath Meiyappan for supposed betting and keeping connections with bookies. "There is a definite smell of match-fixing coming from the IPL where strange things are happening,", Javed Miandad told the "Express" newspaper. "I don't consider the IPL as cricket, it is a joke. It is strange that players who are not regular bowlers have taken hat-tricks in the league. Teams are losing matches from winning positions," he said.

3) Encouraging the players to change their loyalties:


IPL must be concluded since it is causing a great devastation to the spirit of the game as a whole. The cash-rich league is urging players to discard their devotion towards the national team. One may take an example of West Indian captain Chris Gayle, who is willing to walk out on national captaincy to play in the cash-rich league. Miandad cited a proof for this, "He reached England just two days before his country's Test against England from the IPL which was I think is an insult to test cricket and the result the West Indies lost badly in the test."

The IPL has commercialized the game. National passion has gone for a toss. The game of Cricket has become a mere toy in the hands of businessmen and politicians. IPL has damaged the game's quality like never before. Glitter has become the most important thing and the game has taken a back seat. Barely brilliant players have come out of this BCCI sponsored league to represent Team India. The cause for this is simply the dying away of the domestic games as the players give more significance to playing in the IPL.

4) A Damage to the More Traditional Forms of Cricket:


IPL is not actual cricket. In the smallest of the boundaries in IPL even a miscued shot may produce a six or a four. But take the case of test cricket or one day cricket; only a skilled player can hold out. In actual terms, there is no dissimilarity between IPL and Street Cricket. A player has to tirelessly labor to accomplish a certain standard and skill to play test or one day cricket. But T20 is for literally anyone, even for the one who's an amateur. A leading edge in the test means caught out while a leading edge in T20 means a four. In the more traditional forms of cricket, a batsman hesitates in taking chances while T20 is all about taking chances only. Even a non batsman may hit the fastest 100. How else do you explain Harbhajan scores 64 runs in 24 deliveries? Too much of IPL is killing the game's real identity.

5) Same Old Boring IPL:


This problem is bigger than anything else. The 9th edition of IPL has had to face the certain fear of spectator weariness, which the organizers fear utmost. In the recent times, there has been too much of T20 cricket. It all began with India playing a T20 home series with Sri Lanka and just after that it was the T20 World Cup where India served as a host. The biggest example of this fatigue is the vacant stadiums.

Even the excitement of the fours and sixes flowing has fizzled out. IPL, dare I say, has become too mundane. Even in the absence of unwanted controversies, it has struggled to survive. Meanwhile, it is just surviving. But only just.

6) Causes Fatigue:


Indian coach, Gary Kirsten pointed out that the players' tiredness and the small injuries they acquitted during the IPL and carried on to the ICC World Cup T20 formed the main reason for their untimely departure. He sensed India never had the passion and intensity required to play at the International level as they were still in the IPL Mood.

“All happy,” remarked Dhoni about touring South Africa for four hours of non-stop entertainment. “I don’t think fatigue will be a real factor. We all enjoy playing the IPL... that’s one format where you are not representing your country and the span of the tournament is slightly longer so you play quite a few games.” It may be that the cash-rich IPL has succeeded in achieving what trainers have failed to do and healed our cricketers amazingly back to excellent health at the very right time for the league. The problem with IPL simply is that it snatches away the chance from the cricketers to make their game better and get stronger and healthier in the off-season. With IPL going on, Suresh Raina will never manage to overcome his incompetence against the short-ball or R Ashwin will never manage to excel his simplest of the deliveries, which are simply unfit for Tests or even Dhoni will never manage to overcome his back injuries.

One question that crops up every now and then - will these cricketers come out as improved ones after the IPL gets over or will they just be ‘tired’? They will surely be tried after 2 months of extreme cricket. They may come out as better chasers, but their overall quality and skill will suffer for sure.

7) No Home Advantage for Indian Team:


It wasn't much before that Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit that miraculous six to win the much desired World Cup in India itself. Five years on, India hosted the World Cup T20 for the very first time.

Experts felt that the hosts will be the front - runners for winning the tournament, but Indian Test Skipper Virat Kohli was of a different opinion and felt that India may not be having the home advantage any longer.

"So many players from around the world have played the IPL for 8-9 years now so they are familiar with the Indian conditions," Kohli remarked at 2016 ICC World Cup T20 launch. Way back during the 2011 World Cup in India, IPL was just three years old and that too the 2nd IPL edition took place in South Africa. But now with 8 seasons of IPL behind us, and with cricketers from all countries coming and playing in IPL, circumstances are definitely not 100% in India's side any more.


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