Indian Premier League- Has cricket lost its essence?
Cricket is just a sport, but it is treated as a religion in India & some adjoining countries. The fact that every cricket match is followed by a huge fraction of the total population of the country supports the statement with complete vigor. everyone is aware about how every street of India serves a mini pitch to many budding cricketers or helpless cricket maniacs. The obsession goes to the extreme level when the masses associate their emotions with the outcome of every match, which has often turned ugly in many a cases.
Cashing on this fanaticism about cricket, BCCI (the richest cricket board in the world) launched Indian Premier League, which monopolized the TRP market & boomed with greater success, that was expected out of it. Regionalism of Cricket teams & Cricket Stars, stirred the love for cricket in those brains also, which had been dormant for the sport. The monetary outcome was larger than what it had been for the international matches. Bollywood stirred in, adding more glamour to the tournament & somewhere IPL got reduced to – BUSINESS!
IPL stands afar from the true spirit of a sport. Players of a national team, fighting against each other; often indulge in nasty brawls which definitely hampers the harmony, between them. It has been every debatable topic , however many would would stand by it that many players who otherwise are not very good performers in international cricket, perform outstandingly in IPL. This has birth to a common notion that IPL has made Indian cricketers, money-minded!
The second thing is that it is a very long tournament, duration exceeding the period of a month. The necessary rest for players, gets plundered & the after-effects are seen in the international matches. After match parties, cheer-leaders, etc.;i attempt of pulling more crowd the IPL creative heads have made a clown of the players.
In recent days IPL has become Indian Paisa league and betting rackets have emerged where few match fixing and spot fixing related issues have emerged where players like that of SreeSanth and few more have been arrested by Delhi Police and Mumbai Police has also made some arrests. Now that match fixing reports have reached to house of team owners and BCCI supremo. So we will have to wait and watch how IPL is affecting Indian cricket more & more.
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