5 cricket veterans who are jealous of IPL’s success : The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) saw unprecedented success despite being held under challenging conditions with the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The IPL 2020 once again gave a testament of high-octane action while providing a platform for promising youngsters to showcase their talent and make their case on a global stage.
Star India, the official broadcasters of Indian Premier League, in a recent report also claimed that there has been a 23 percent rise in TV viewership for the 13th edition of the league.
Despite such staggering success, the cash-rich league has received a lot of flak from various veterans of the sport. Let’s have a look at 5 such personalities who has openly voiced their opinion against the league.
Former Australian Test captain Allan Border has been a strong critic of franchise cricket. In his opinion a T20 league is nothing but a way fill pockets with hefty amount of money. Border had already backed the world games, the T20 World Cup, should be prioritised over leagues like IPL.
“I’m not happy with that. The world game should take precedence over local competition. So, the World T20, if that can’t go ahead, I don’t think the IPL can go ahead. I would question that decision it’s just a money grab, isn’t it, that one?” Border had told ABC.
“The World T20 should take precedence, for sure. The home boards should stop their players going to the IPL if that’s the case,” he added.
Discussions on resuming bilateral cricket exchanges between India and Pakistan cannot start between the boards unless political relations between the two countries become normal and stable, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has said earlier this year. He also made it clear that he wouldn’t request Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly to let Pakistani players compete in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Over the years, the PCB has had a number of discussions with the BCCI regarding bilateral cricket. Whether it is T20 cricket or bilateral, all things are in the hands of the BCCI. At this moment I don’t have any intention of playing any T20 league with India. First, they have to sort out the bilateral (political) relations with us, and then we will talk,” Mani, 75, told IANS in an exclusive interview.
India have not played a Test series in Pakistan for more than 14 years, and Pakistan have not visited India for almost eight years, though they have played against each other in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) events like the World Cup and the Champions Trophy all these years.
Former Windies skipper Carl Hooper is also an advocate of stopping franchise based T20 leagues. In an interview in 2012, Hooper said, “One of the biggest threats facing cricket is the IPL. The spectators want to see the best players. If I looked up nd saw no Gayle or key players named to play I would just say forget about it, stay home.”
Arjuna Ranatunga’s dislike for IPL is no secret. Among his several outbursts against the cash-rich league, once he termed it as a ‘monster’. In April 2012, he stated that IPL can only “produce butchers and not classical cricketers”. Media reports claim, Ranatunga ‘lost his job’ as the head of the Sri Lanka Cricket due to his opposition to IPL.
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has been a vocal critic of IPL since the Pakistani cricketers were openly snubbed at the IPL auction after the 26/11 attacks. After India was decimated in England and Australia, he blamed cash-rich IPL for faulty technique and temperament of the Team India players.