IPL: A Liability or Asset for Indian Cricket?
IPL: A Liability or Asset for Indian Cricket?
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The Indian Premier League (IPL), as a Twenty20 cricket tournament, was founded by business and cricket tycoon of India, Lalit Modi, the then vice-chairman of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) in 2008. The very next year the IPL was shifted to South Africa for the UPA government couldn't give security assurance thanks to the overall Elections-2009. After the third edition in 2010, the BCCI suspended Lalit Modi because of a plethora of allegations and cross allegations that culminated in 2013 when the BCCI banned him for all times after a series of investigations. He shifted to London in 2010 and has been living there since. Meanwhile, the IPL has emerged together of the most important cricket tournaments of the planet in terms of chiefly money-by the billions.
From its inception, many cricket purists including stalwarts and even politicians criticized it as 'commercialization' of cricket with buying and selling of cricketers from across the planet, called auction in moderate-term, and teams consisting of Indian icons, young Indian cricketers, and international cricketers supported their 'price' which was calculated as per their performances or potential. because of its money-spinning ability and increasing popularity among popcorn cricket revelers, the BCCI adopted the IPL together of their 'must' activities and visited lengths sometimes, lobbying for it internationally. Even within the post-2010 period, the IPL has never obviated controversies including match-fixing and therefore the like resulting in the banning of franchises or teams from the tournament on a couple of occasions. However, the IPL grew and grew in importance, because international cricketers also began relying on it thanks to the cash they stood to earn. National pride and franchise loyalties came into the clash.
Again, from the beginning, many cricket administrators and veteran cricketers including stalwarts saw the IPL because the gateway for young talents-it isn't clear if they only approved it naturally or thanks to the money-oriented vested interests. It can't be denied that young Indian talents did get opportunities through the tournament in terms of both recognition and a few assured money, but the purpose of concern was that the national selectors started watching the IPL as a yardstick for selection in Team India despite the varied domestic cricket tournaments being available since decades. Obviously, competitive cricket is being played within the IPL with team rivalries for the coveted trophy; however, the intensity generated by national pride-representing one's own country in international cricket-can never be compared with the club-centric cricket of the IPL involving players of varied nationalities. Problem is, the revelers started enjoying IPL matches as three-hour 'cricket movies', and therefore the hype only magnified over time. We'll now consider the scenario within the last two-three years.
Thanks to the IPL, an ocean of 'talents' opened before the national selectors, and IPL became a somewhat 'entrance test' to seek out an area within the national team. within the roughly two-year period before the ICC Cricket World Cup-2019 Team India was 'different' in almost every match played by them-in any format. within the name of 'finding the right team for the planet Cup,' a process of experimentation began that clothed to be endless-and often mindless with players of dubious record finding repeated chances to play within the national team. a man-made syndrome called 'the number-4 batsman' was also created to justify this. As a part of this process, various 'lobbies' also began to make around certain 'talented' young cricketers with even cricket stalwarts joining these. one of the most important examples was the peculiar case of 'Rishav Pant'.
It is well-known that Rishav Pant has nothing to point out in terms of one-day international cricket till now and yet when he wasn't selected for the planet Cup team, a national hue and cry were raging across starting from local protests to social media to editorial pages of national newspapers. Perhaps thanks to such national 'outrage' Indian strongman-opener Shikhar Dhawan got injured within the very half of the planet Cup. And what happened? Naturally, Rishav Pant was selected superseding various other 'established' options like Ambati Rayadu, Ajinkya Rahane, and therefore the like. And what Pant did within the matches he played thereafter? Well, he only contributed to the 'decimating' process of MS Dhoni who was persisted upon during the amount for his 'experience' only, and therefore the so-called hitters like Pandya and Pant came in to bat before 'experienced' Dhoni, repeatedly, including within the crucial semi-final against New Zealand which paved the answer for India. it had been ludicrous to observe the Pandya-Pant duo trying to win matches after just 3 or 4 wickets down. this is often also to say here that Team India had 3-4 wicket-keepers, 4 if we include KL Rahul, playing in certain one-day international matches on various occasions. This absurdity got extended even to a couple of World Cup matches too. As a devout cricket lover for ages, I need to say that any team that has 4 wicketkeepers within the playing eleven can never aspire to win a serious tournament.
With the ICC T20 World Cup-2020 but a year away, the experimentation process started again with the IPL becoming the all-important platform to pick from. within the first T20I match against Bangladesh on 3rd November 2019 in Delhi Team India didn't appear as if a national team-it was more like an IPL franchise. That the match was lost was a foregone conclusion-notwithstanding the very fact that Bangladesh was playing without Shakib and Tamim.
If such mindless IPL-centric experimentation goes on unabated only Team India and many fans are set to suffer from the syndrome of snatching defeats from inevitable victories aside from demoralizing numerous other tested cricketers. The essence of IPL is commerce, and it must be accepted by all stakeholders. Domestic cricket should revisit its lost relevance. during this context, it's reassuring to ascertain the new BCCI President Sourav Ganguli giving such a promise for a replacement era of Indian cricket. Else, the IPL will still be an excellent asset in terms of money-spinning, and a liability in terms of Team India's winning ability at the international level. This writer had expressed the opinion earlier that any cricketer who excels in Test cricket can easily excel altogether formats of the game-it is proved by numerous legendary players. The upcoming introduction of the day-night cricket Test with the pink ball between India and Bangladesh in India this month is sure to increase interest within the classical format.
Chinmay Chakravarty has been a cricket lover since his childhood days and played the sport at the college level and later for social enjoyment. After completing education he started writing on cricket--most on the aspects and games of Indian Cricket. he's a politician of Indian Information Service and presently working as a Director. Published his first solo book 'Laugh and Let Laugh' in 2017.