Indian Premiere League: Savior or destroyer of Cricket

by Guest23315351  |  9 years ago

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I do not understand cricket a lot but I find the game really interesting. I have watched some of the editions of IPL and I found it entertaining. I have heard from friends who are from cricket playing backgrounds that IPL is destroying the traditional cricket and cricket used to be a gentleman’s game but not anymore. I would like you to comment on it.

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  1. Jacob

    Indian Premiere league or IPL has been a big a talk since the time it began in 2008. It is the professional league of Twenty20 cricket competition in India. It was started by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) which is headquartered in Mumbai. It currently has ten teams consisting of players from different parts of the cricket playing world. It was supervised by the former Chairman and Commissioner of Indian Premier League Chirayu Amin in its initial stages. IPL was started by the BCCI after it developed differences with ICL (Indian Cricket League) and later on declared it a rebel league.
    IPL has achieved some big feats in the world of cricket in financial and viewing terms but it has also done some harm to the game as well. IPL became the first sporting event ever to be broadcast live on YouTube in 2010. IPL brand value is estimated to be around $3.67 billion in fourth season. According to global sports salaries review, IPL is the second highest-paid league, based on first-team salaries on a pro rata basis, second only to the NBA. It is estimated that the average salary of an IPL player over a year would be $3.84 million. The brand value of Mumbai Indians (finalist IPL 2010) is estimated at USD 57.13 Million.
    Coming to the dark side of IPL, it has made the game more about money than the sport itself. So much money is involved in the game that it looks more about the dollar sign than the typical sports rivalries which to some extent tons down the interest of the viewer. On the other hand, issues like politicians walking out of parliament due to IPL cheerleaders and the head of IPL being accused of money laundry, such issues have taken the game into a new direction. I mean what happened to the good old days when people used to come all nicely dressed up to watch the game with true respect of and for the game, instead of humans looking like beast encaged watching the foreign cheerleaders do their thing. The IPL Crowds remind us of the blood bathed sands of the coliseums of Rome, making the player the gladiators and the audience the untamed public of the coliseum. 

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