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IPL 5 ended on Sunday with Kolkata Knight Riders winning the title. -Photo by AFP

At the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Wasim Akram, then a strapping 25-year-old, ran in around the wicket towards Allan Lamb. Wearing his green team jersey, with red and blue stripes along the shoulders, Akram's delivery ripped through the air, pitched on middle-and-off, and darted back just enough to disturb the furniture. “Lamb's been cleaned up,” Richie Benuad said in the commentary box, “and perhaps so too England.” A few minutes later, Akram thundered in again, beat Chris Lewis, and got him to drag the ball on to the stumps. Akram famously pumped both fists. He was on a hat-trick, and Pakistan were on their way to becoming world champions.

Twenty years after that historic win, Akram, now a 45-year-old with more meat around his midriff, was sitting in the dug-out as the Kolkata Knight Riders clinched the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League. “I have won the World Cup for Pakistan but this is a very different feeling,” Akram said later. “I'm very happy.” Just like that, cricket's ultimate prize was compared with a domestic Twenty20 tournament that is played every year and forgotten in a matter of weeks. It was a moment of madness that summed up many things: the riches, the hype, and the loss of perspective that the IPL brings with it every season.

Akram is not the first cricketer to have fallen prey to the lure of the party in which everyone – except active players from his own country – is invited. A few weeks before that, Allan Donald, one of the fiercest fast bowlers of all time, had said Ashok Dinda's delivery stride reminded him of himself. Dinda, incidentally, is a middle-of-the-rung Ranji Trophy player from Bengal who was once on the fringes of the national team but never quite made it. Two years ago, Shane Warne, arguably the greatest bowler of the last century, said the finest knock he had ever witnessed had not been played by Brian Lara or Sachin Tendulkar in their pomp, or Adam Gilchrist in Johannesburg or Steve Waugh in Antigua, but by Yusuf Pathan, playing for Rajasthan Royals against Mumbai Indians in IPL 3.

“Warne's views,” cricket historian Gideon Haigh wrote, “meshed perfectly with the general IPL communications strategy, conveyed alike in its advertising and its commentary, sometimes indistinguishable in their hucksterism: that this is it, and the rest of cricket simply does not exist; or began when (Lalit) Modi whipped it into shape from the drawn-out and economically inefficient activity it had been for a century and more.”

Modi now lives in England because he says there is a threat to his life back home (the word on the street is that he fears arrest by half a dozen Indian agencies for alleged financial irregularities and foreign exchange violations in the IPL). The IPL, meanwhile, goes on living in an ever-expanding bubble that has started to affect team selections, thrown up club vs country conflicts in half a dozen countries, and is supported by such relentless propaganda by former greats in the commentary box and on the field, that it is fast consuming the entire cricketing mind space.

IPL 5 ended on Sunday night with cartwheels in Chennai's MA Chidambaram stadium by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, the KKR owner, less than two weeks after he had been banned for five years from the Wankhede stadium for allegedly mouthing drunken profanities at Mumbai cricket officials. The day after that, a player from Bangalore was arrested for allegedly molesting an American woman and beating up her boyfriend. Three days before that, a television channel had aired a sting in which some fringe players had talked about undisclosed black money payments by team owners, and one of them, Shalabh Srivastav, had struck a deal to bowl a no-ball for Rs 10 lakh.

All these issues, even the potentially damning sting, though dealt with swiftly (statements, suspensions, inquiry commissions) were hardly taken seriously. The Indian cricket board, whose president itself owns the Chennai franchise, did not accept that it was so riddled with conflicts of interest, and so heavily invested in the IPL, that it needed an outside agency to conduct a free and fair probe.

This season the matches were closer, the battles more pitched. The TV ratings were lower than last year to a point where advertising rates had to be slashed. But the stadiums were packed like never before. There were bugles, painted faces, waving flags, and Pavlovian responses. Everyone was having such a good time that often the cricket did not matter. If there was silence for a moment, the DJ would play a team anthem, and the cheers would start again on cue.

Imagine the first morning of a Test match. Your team has lost the toss, an early wicket would be disastrous, you’d give an arm and a leg for 70-1 at lunch. You’re primed for frayed nerves and chewed-off fingernails. Then imagine the IPL, with its shorter format, its guaranteed boundaries, and its relative disconnect with victory and defeat because franchise loyalties haven't yet set in. Here, you're primed only for excitement. Here, a flick of the switch is all it takes.

Here, in the heat of the moment, Ashok Dinda starts appearing menacing, Yusuf Pathan majestic, and a World Cup win stops being incomparable. Then, next year, another IPL comes along.

The writer is Deputy Editor & National Sports Editor, Mumbai Mirror. He tweets @_kunal_pradhan


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jose thomas
Jun 06, 2012 12:21pm
All major sports leagues around the world have their share of scandals and problems.Why this sadistic criticism of the Indian Premier League which is only 5 years old?The People love it,the players love it.You have choices these days.If you don't like it,move on... watch what you like.Maybe watch the English County matches...if you like those boring English stadiums with with a few people scattered here and there hoping to get some sunshine...makes me laugh.Who has five days to watch a test match?I am sure like dinosaurs they will vanish one day.Evey thing changes,that's the law of nature.One has to adapt or vanish.Maybe all this hate directed towards the IPL is that it is succeeding and that it is Indian.The author's nationality is no concern of mine.He is free to ply his trade anywhere to make a good living or even if it is for job satisfaction.Give the cricketers and the paying public the same freedom.The paying spectators and TV viewers are not donkeys.So please stop preaching with this 'know all...holier than thou attitude'
Saurabh
May 30, 2012 07:21am
PPL cant even pay 10% of what IPL pays.
rkapoor
May 30, 2012 07:14am
IPL IS THE OPIUM FOR THE MASSES.TAKE YOUR PICK INDIANS, PAKISTAN, BANGLAS, THE WORLD OVER AND FORGET YOUR SWEAT AND TOIL FOR 2 MONTHS.
Ali
May 29, 2012 02:05pm
There is no such article on Mumbai Mirror, Paki Media will never change and will always mislead its country.
aisha
Jun 05, 2012 11:26pm
how can anyone watch such a boring tournament like the IPL involving teams with names even more harder to pronounce than Bharat itself.....
Indian
May 29, 2012 09:34am
Jealous Pakistani !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dont worry your player will also play in IPL6
Mohsin
May 29, 2012 09:42am
Wasim Akram is not a Pakistani anymore - he sold the team in Bangalore in '96.
Zubair
May 29, 2012 09:54am
It wasnt written by a Pakistani!
jo1
May 29, 2012 09:57am
But Ashok Dinda is a good player. So is Yusuf Pathan. It is only the Mumbai mindset that thinks that cricket begins and ends with Mumbai can write a piece like that.
jo1
May 29, 2012 09:59am
More importantly, you hated everything about IPL, but you watched it....
paki
May 29, 2012 10:01am
the writer is Indian not Pakistani. Mr Indian
qasim
May 29, 2012 10:01am
Read it carefully to the end. It is by an Indian for an Indian magzine.
a khan
May 29, 2012 10:06am
the writer is an Indian!!!
paki
May 29, 2012 10:10am
the writer is Indian not Pakistani.
Shriram
May 29, 2012 10:12am
Akram knows the truth that IPL is big success..managing such a big scale event is difficult..Akram knows this..matches in IPL are class matches and acclaimed world over..Wasim Akram also thinks why there is no international cricket being played in Pakistan??
paki
May 29, 2012 10:14am
the writer of this article is indian. haha
Pakistani
May 29, 2012 10:17am
The writer is Deputy Editor & National Sports Editor, Mumbai Mirror. He tweets @_kunal_pradhan
Asim
May 29, 2012 10:19am
It is a worthless tournament which means nothing.
Abbas
May 29, 2012 10:26am
@ Indian......the article written by Kunal Pradhan, Deputy Editor & National Sports Editor, Mumbai Mirror....or do you think he is an ISI agent right?? :P
fuzztreck
May 29, 2012 10:30am
was shocked when Akram compared IPL to the World Cup.....not a good sign....shows money power over respect and honesty!
Omair
May 29, 2012 10:32am
Lol! Mr. Indian the writer is an Indian :D
Raj
May 29, 2012 10:35am
Learn to appriciate at least some thing Indian ! Grapes always taste sour when you cant get them!!
Omair
May 29, 2012 10:36am
Great piece
Osman
May 29, 2012 10:44am
Somehow IPL reminds me of Roman Emperors organizing never-ending Gladiator/Sporting events to keep the poor masses occupied, entertained and oblivious! Let me add, we lack entertainment and occupation in Pakistan which is also fueling the current social/civil crisis. As such, there is true value in IPL type events in keeping peace and social harmony in societies, especially where political and economic inequality is getting noticebly and increasingly worse.
Naireet
May 29, 2012 11:12am
agree... if u hate sumthing den stop following it..
Salah
May 29, 2012 11:18am
Hahaha this is an Indian. Can't you see he writes for the Mumbai Mirror???!
Vijay
May 29, 2012 11:29am
Just the waste of time for some and quality time for others.
Sriharish
May 29, 2012 11:40am
fair enough. but the future of cricket needs to be in sync with the society we live in. without a doubt, there are certain aspects of the league that need tweaking and this includes the format btw. but what the league has done for the game and unknown cricketers is actually remarkable. any one sided article that is penned with bias must never be taken seriously. and for a writer, thats whats unbearable. love me, hate me, but take me seriously...!
vishnu
May 29, 2012 11:44am
you can love IPL or you can hate it, the fact is you cannot ignore it.
Muhammad
May 29, 2012 11:58am
Well Written with hard fact and true picture.... THE SHOW MUST GO ON :)
Rahul
May 29, 2012 12:15pm
When I heard Wasim Akram say “I have won the World Cup for Pakistan but this is a very different feeling,”. I thought the same as the Editor. How could he compare world cup victory with IPL victory?
Ram Narayan
May 29, 2012 12:51pm
I think you nailed it!
Milan Bhise, Mumbai
May 29, 2012 12:53pm
IPL is not only the most popular sporting event in India but a proud invention which made cricketers around the world much richer by any standards. Bad things do happen in every sport but that can not take away the success and popularity of the tournament. To experience IPL, you need to be an Indian or one of the 200 foreign players who are part of IPL teams. In any case, we Indians do not take such opinions and views of the foreigners seriously. Milan Bhise
Manish
May 29, 2012 12:56pm
hahah Don't be jealous Asim ! Next IPL we will invite some of your players ! Then you guys will say IPL is the Best !
RAJAN
May 29, 2012 01:00pm
PLEASE DONT INSULT EACH OTHER WASIM AKRAM IS A GREAT PLAYER WHT HE FEEL HE SAID THR IS NO QUESTION OF HIS LOYALTY
Saurabh
May 29, 2012 01:06pm
The player who molested is not from Bangalore. Either convey he is from Australia (Luke's country) or Royal Challengers Bangalore (his team). In your eagerness to be ultra negative, stop treading the line which you feel will fill the reader with negativity about IPL than with objectivity. And for your kind information there are huge followers of English Premier League, Spanish League or Champions League in football - but that has not taken away anything from FIFA world cup. So many leagues have helped football become better. And top of it, lesser cricketing mortals, who can't be part of international arena, can look beyond county teams to make a living. IPL has already inspired BPL (Bangladesh League).
manzoor ahmed
May 29, 2012 01:40pm
Even after all criticism , this tournament is a Great show of game of cricket in earth.
Abhilash
May 29, 2012 01:52pm
"a player from Bangalore was arrested" - Dawn, dont give false information. The player was Australian, member of Royal challenger Bangalore team.
saurabh
May 29, 2012 01:55pm
I really dont know whats the problem with ipl critics....ya its a domestic competition but then again lot of international players are participating in it...i guess lot of critics feel that the problem is the money...let me remind all the critics that the money in football is 10 times more than in the ipl....then why u watch man u vs chelsea.... cmon man ....give the players a break....let them earn as well....accept the fact that ipl is here to stay........ Mr Moshin....wasim akram never sold the team in banglore 96.....one of the greatest ambassadors of the game for pakistan is wasim...and mind u this is coming from an indian... thnx
Sharjeel
May 29, 2012 02:04pm
Acha na samajh a gayi hai, indian hai banda -_-
Vasan
May 29, 2012 02:09pm
Actually - this tournament has far more 'worth' to the p[layers than the world cup. Why? Because they get truck loads of money to take home from the IPL - win or lose! What exactly did they get from winning the World Cup? Not even a 'cup' to take home! Yes - I understand that they got the 'feeling' and 'pride' etc., but show me one shop in Karachi that will sell you something for 'feeling' and 'pride'. Point being, it is all well and good for story writers to reminisce about the good old days when there was no money in sport, but ask the bankrupt sports men of yesterday and you will get a different answer. Having said that - I live in America and have never watched a IPL match. I just know that India being a capitalist country will inevitably follow the American business model whether we like it or not.
Ali
May 29, 2012 02:33pm
There is no such article on http://www.mumbaimirror.com/ Paki Media is manipulative and misleading. Paki is jealous that its been banned from IPL and no International Matches are allowed in its soil becoz of terrorism in its country. grow up and earn respect !
Nadeem, USA
May 29, 2012 02:45pm
VERY STRANGE! Ex Paki player helping KKR to win the title, a Paki commentator is there, two world best Paki umpires were supervising games in IPL and two Paki born British nationals were also playing in IPL, but Paki players were not invited to play in IPL. If Pakis are enemies than why those people were part of IPL. Reason for not inviting Paki players is that India is scared of Paki players, if they get practice of fast paced cricket than T20m will be Sharjah for Indian team.
Pavas
May 29, 2012 02:49pm
From enjoyment point of view, IPL is just fantastic..Although the concerns raised by the writer are valid, the ultimate aim of the game is to entertain the masses in a healthy way and on this parameter IPL is just incomparable where every coming ball is an excitement unlike 5 days test matches.. Test matches are good for players as they get ample opportunity to show their classics, but for a viewer it can be deadly boring.. For Wasim Akram, I can only say that he is among the best bowlers of the world of all time and like any other truly great cricketers he also values the the quality of the game and pleasure of victory irrespective of the location and the scale of the game..
Nadeem USA
May 29, 2012 02:50pm
Do you know why Wasim, Rameez, Aleem Dar, Azhar Mahmood and Owais Shah are the part of IPL? Because they are not part of present Pakistani team; India is scared of inviting present paki players, they don't want them to be mastered in T20. If that happend than T20 will be another Sharjah for India.
John Doe
May 29, 2012 03:14pm
Clearly we are witnessing something very wrong. I live in Canada and do not follow IPL, but I hate to see the tremendous amount of coverage for this event in Pakistani media, which makes it impossible not to at least notice that this is 'happening'. I don't care if IPL is a great competition or not. There are two important reasons. There is no Pakistan player as they banned Pakistani ... I hope that is still the same.
anantha
May 29, 2012 03:49pm
look mate the general public want some entertainment in the midst of VIOLENT LIFE ALL AROUND. news CHANNEL ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD TALKS OF FIGHT WAR OR SCAM. SO WHAT IS IS WRONG WITH IPL WHICH ENTERTAINS GENERAL PUBLIC. Come on Kunal wake up and write more matured article.
Hassan
May 29, 2012 04:03pm
For your Information, write of this article is an Indian so at least check before you make comments.
M K S
May 29, 2012 04:33pm
Haha!! That is the first thing I looked at too cos I knew our friends across the border will be just rearing to have a go at him. Ah well...Too bad, Mr Indian. Pays to read the complete article before commenting. He's also proabably the one giving everyone who brought this into his notice a 'thumbs down' rating. Relax max!
M K S
May 29, 2012 04:59pm
Barring the fact that you follow/dislike/hate/can't stand the IPL series, it is indeed preposterous to find some of the world renowned crciketers comparing the performance of players in the league to the plaudits that they have themselves earned in much trying and unfovaourable circumstances. Guess, money talks. Or in this case, it rather utters gibberish sometimes.
Raj
May 29, 2012 05:00pm
There is always pros -cons associated with any event. When pros overtake cons things materialize and sustain for periods to come.Here in this case IPL will remain to sustain, I think no one has doubt about it. Here author only talking about cons. When anyone talk about only one side story the article lost it charm & credibility and full with nothing but prejudice. Anyone ought to read the article publish today in Times of India, editorial section by Sports columnist, Ayaz Memom which is quite balance in approach. And it is now very famous and trendy these days, IPL Bashing!!. Anyone listening?
nofixed
May 29, 2012 05:09pm
just because an article in a pakistani paper apeared to have a less than unfavourable view of the IPL ( a view shared by many indians btw) you had to thump your chest and start growling immediately !
AA1
May 29, 2012 05:19pm
Cricket played in the normal way is/was a 'colonial game'. It was a game designed by the ' masters' underlining seriousness, right conduct, sportsman's spirit etc. The 'colonized' have rebelled through rowdy conduct, lack of seriousness and use of 'spirits'. What the heck, it is about time some one came up with this new magic potion. Pakistan, please join the fun!
sagecaptial
May 29, 2012 05:33pm
Watch every ball in the IPL ,enjoy it then find fault
softball player
May 29, 2012 07:01pm
haha y he led the team in 99 to finals y you forget his glory days. how many times his bowling won matches for pakistan.
Ramzi
May 29, 2012 08:31pm
If you look at at stories, even those connected to the IPL, you not find so many comments. Most comments in this story are made by Indians, who I don't think read Dawn so often. The piece although makes some valid points, begging for comments from your friends may not be an ideal thing to do. javascript: postComment(0);
Lax
May 29, 2012 09:38pm
Good point - it is mostly entertainment that is generating employment and keeping a nation occupied. Being from India, I don't like IPL - it is not cricket - but certainly useful entertainment..
TARUN
May 29, 2012 10:10pm
Don't say anything to wasim akram..he is a very humble guy..please respect him..everybody is entitled to express his or her own views..!! and come on IPL has become a grand phenomena now..!!
Concerned Cricketer
May 29, 2012 11:13pm
I find it disgraceful that the Pakistani cricketers are just dying to play in the IPL. Wasim Akram should be ashamed to be part of a league that has not allowed his countrymen to participate in it.
butseriouslyok
May 30, 2012 01:24am
To really put things in perspective, all major sporting events are super-hyped including world cup soccer, super-bowl, etc
junaid
May 30, 2012 01:42am
Indian writer !!!!! how can the dawn management publish this article ????? shameful act by wasim akram !!!!!! he has no value of world cup, respect and honest !! but has the value of money !!!
Omair
May 30, 2012 04:35am
There is no denying that IPL is a hit and also that it promotes a sport at large. The thing is the difference between winning for your country and winning for a franchise. I think nothing can match a World Cup win. Ask Dhoni if he was more happy winning world cup or winning IPL twice.
Makani
May 30, 2012 04:47am
i hated the IPL and i never watched it
Ash
May 30, 2012 05:15am
Sir ......... the writer is an Indian. Please notice this.
Arfan
May 30, 2012 05:29am
IPL is not seen in Bangladesh because We watch BPL which is devoid of Indians.Yahoo...............
Good Man
May 30, 2012 06:06am
Pakistan should make PPL (Pakistan Premier League) in response to IPL. Pakistan should not invite Indian players on PPL. This can be a good revenge. PPL should invite players from other countries and pay them double of what IPL pays them.
Shahzad Ghaffar
May 30, 2012 06:14am
Very well written! The IPL is nothig but a circus which has tried to emulate what Kerry Packer did in the 70s.Its a pity that great cricketers like Wasim Akram,Shane Warne & Alan Donald have been influenced to such an extent by its cheap thrills!! The pundits will always argue that Test cricket is the best form of the game.Sadly,this is not the case these days.
INDIAN FORM UGANDA
May 30, 2012 07:36am
IPL IS NOT GOOD.........FOR INDIAN CULTURE ...... .........../ PAKISTAN PLEASE DON`T TAKE PART IN THIS BAD GAME OF CRICKET ....
Ranjan
May 30, 2012 07:57am
Situation 1 :Have any one ever watched a county cricket match betwen surrey & kent , or kent vs yorkshire.Empty cricket stadium , with an exception of a couple sitting in the farthest corner, doing orgies. Situation 2 : When David Beckham riding his new lamborghini ,in the year 1997-98, enter LORDs , you find a group of english cricketer ( which included Mike Artherton),rushing towards him to have an autograph, despartely posing for a group photo. Situation 3 : Thousands of cricketer have died without having sufficient financial backup for proper treatment. The aforesaid situations are those frustrating scenes associated with " Cricket",which till date has been managed by some mediavel orthodox mindset. IT HAS A UNWRITTEN RULE , THAT , unlike professional footballer, golfer ,tennis player, a cricket player can not earn from the game & they cannot have a decent life. IPL has given the Cricketer , be it from state or international level, the platform to prove their mettle & earn.IPL is a hugely successfull tournament , which have the potential to bind the nations , which even politicians could not do. The players,people & specialy critics in UK , Australia , who are no way connected with IPL ( read money earned in IPL) are the jealous lot.They are more jealous because " IPL" is now a hugely successful event,an extremely popular brand. I'd request these critics to wait & watch , until " Test Cricket " appears in a simmilar format in India & made popular.Then the aforesaid critic will have nowhere to hide , & nothing to say.
Good Man Slayer
May 30, 2012 09:20am
That's a bit too much arrogance from a man whose country survives on the crumbs thrown by the Americans.
Obaid
May 30, 2012 11:56am
It was a little better cricket than a university final or an average first class encounter...Lot of money and time wasted on batting pitches..poor bowling and batting standards.....
Kayman
May 30, 2012 12:22pm
the worst side of cricket I have ever seen, If someone says that it is not all fixed they need to play cricket themselves first and than look at the tournament. Where are the ICC, Task force now and I think they are the biggest loosers in this whole spkied up cricket. TV rights are clearly indicating where the tournament is going ... ICC will sooner than later loose revenue on normal cricket as people will loose interest from the International cricket because original will look so boring in front of this fixed set up that people will not like to watch it. For the sake of real sport please try to make it non corrupted sport which will be real deal......Every player has its turn to prove themselves for all the emabarassments they take e.g if someone is out on zero next match he will be hero and in bowling if someone gets hit out for 20 plus runs in one over for clear half volleys and full tosses then in next match he is superstar..., Someone will not do anything in the whole tournament and once everyone will loose hope will do a match winning performance... look at everything you will find the same pattern....If anyone is able to do the audit of this whole tournament you will be shcked to know where the money is coming from and in what numbers....Once old cricketers start complaining about match fixing, BCCI ended up diturbuting USD 13 million to keep there mouth shut.. VERY BIG RACKET....One day will be cracked and than I will see How many Dhoni's they have.... who always keep himself for last burst and likes to be hero ( total commercial stint )...looks like a superman story...In inetrnational cricket he looses everything...strange isnt it...
Kamal
May 30, 2012 12:46pm
Could not, would not, should not....you guys love to live in fool's paradise! Truth is, love it or leave it, India has become a cricket powerhouse. On the contrary, Pakistan is deprived of cricket, not because of India, not because of America but only because of your own policies. And my dear friend, before making any flying castles ( like PPL or whatever ), just see how your PCB chief keeps requesting BCCI again and again for bi-laterals.
Kamal
May 30, 2012 12:53pm
Bang on mate! Please call Wasim back to Pakistan, and Adnan Sami, Ali Zafar and Veena Malik also.
sunil
May 30, 2012 02:44pm
I disagree. If what you said was true, then would explain the super series, NFL etc. in USA, EPL , La Giga etc in Europe? These are rich countries with less poor masses Sport are ultimately for entertainment. As simple as that. In fact, IPL in stadium is NOT watched by the poor masses but the rich, affluent and upper-middle class. Similarly- on TV- it is followed mostly by the urban public. Far off and rural areas don't have excess to satellite TV and for them IPL does not exist at all.
Sameer
Jun 01, 2012 05:03am
ODI was criticised the same way when it started. Like ODI T20 and IPL will take time to evolve. IPL1 was all about non sense hitting and running, there was no cricket skilled used in it. From IPL2 players started using their cricketing skills and by the the time IPL5 happened we seen some consistent great bowling from Sunil Narain, Morney Morkel and Dale Steyn etc. On batting side Rahane and many other players demonstrated great classic shots. Talking about the writer of this article, irrespective of Indian and Pakistani, these kind of journalist get a sense of accomplishment when they criticize something. But the fact is that IPL brought name fame and money not only for the current domestic and international players but also for ex players around the world who have no other means in their own country. We know great Richard Headly. During his time Ian Chatfied used to open bowling with him for Newzeland. You all will be shocked to know that he drives a cab now. IPL provides a oportunity for these kind of former players to associate with a game they loved and played. Controversies will always be the part of any successful game or event. It if it has potential it'll stay no matter what we have to say.
Sanjay
Jun 01, 2012 05:04am
Like football, Cricket can also have many leagues, the premier one however will be one which drives the best players and naturally this will go with who pays the most. There is none other than IPL as of now. In fact even Pakistan should have its league like Bangaladesh but none stand a chance to make it as big as IPL. Its the best thing to happen to Cricketing world. Hats off to the brillience of Lalit Modi, IPL will continue to be the oldest and the leading league, all others will be just followers.Around the world there are followers of many football leagues, and this will just be the case in Cricket as as well. Its not about India or Pakistan, its about Cricketing excellence.
Sameer
Jun 01, 2012 04:45pm
Everyone knows that in Sharjah it used to be 11 Paki playres + 2 umpires playing against Indian team.