IPL: Boon or Bane to cricket?
IPL: Boon or Bane to cricket?
Indian Premier League popularly called as IPL is the child of the BCCI which is the most powerful cricket house in the world. IPL was started by the BCCI in 2008 to curtail the private cricket league called ICL (Indian Cricket League). BCCI and International Cricket Council did not recognise ICL and there was a ban on the players who participated in ICL.
IPL was created with the intention to give fair chances to the domestic players and to improve the standards of the domestic cricket; but the extent to which it has achieved its goals has to be evaluated. IPL is a franchise based tournament, where teams are owned by the franchise, players play for their franchise and paid by the team owners.
• IPL helps the players especially the domestic players, the uncapped players to know the actual heat of the International level cricket. This has increased the playing standards of domestic Cricket.
• IPL has created a platform for the senior International players to share their experiences with the young emerging players and help them in creating the career. This has created many young talents for Cricket.
• The salary or incentive or match fees given to the domestic players is very less otherwise, so it is very difficult for the players to meet their basic needs for coaching. But IPL has given these players handful of money so that they can use this during tough times. Isn’t this a Boon? By this the player will be content and he will give his best to the cricket.
• IPL has not only helped the Indian domestic players but it has also helped foreign uncapped players. There are many examples where a player doing well in IPL has got chance in their National team.
• IPL has also resulted in improving the Cricket Stadiums and it has attracted people to the stadiums.
• IPL was created to curtail ICL, so how can it be progressive to Cricket? It is established on the grave of ICL. The actual theme of IPL to improve the domestic cricket dies at its very first step.
• IPL is moving away from its main goal of improving the domestic cricket. It has become home for the gamblers. This is proven to be right by the recent verdict of Supreme Court of India.
• Team management itself is indulged in match fixing and spot fixing issues and this is a serious question on the ethical values.
• Cricket is a gentlemen’s game and it was the same for almost a century till late 1990’s. The match fixing issues which started then were almost brought to an end by serious laws, but after the establishment of the IPL they have popped up again and are a serious threat to the game and its future.
• IPL has become a business rather than improving the status and pride of the Cricket.
IPL is a mega event in India, it not only promotes Cricket but also spreads the cultural heritage of India to the world which is showcased during the opening and closing ceremony of IPL. IPL can always be a boon if it sticks to the core principles and formulate very strong rules in order to curtail the fixing issues. It is very much necessary for the BCCI and the Indian Sports Ministry and other concerned departments to take up strong decisions. If it is not done immediately then IPL will definitely be a History in the near future and it is been proved by the Supreme Court Verdict based on the Lodha Committee report.
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