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Sarthak Singla, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Started in 2007 by Lalit Modi, the Indian Premier League has seen worldwide acceptance by the public. Started as a rebel move by the BCCI against the then recently started Indian Cricket League, IPL was a bigger hit than ICL, primarily because of the higher prize money on offer, clubbed with the announcement by BCCI stating to impose lifetime ban on the players joining ICL. As a result of this and the popularity gained by IPL, the Indian Cricket League soon folded in 2009.
The tournament has entered in its 9th edition this year and has come a long way. But it was not a break free journey, neither for the participating team officials, the players, nor the management. From changes in the participating teams to lifetime bans being imposed on cricketers involved in doping and match fixing, the IPL has seen it all. With 8 teams participating in the introductory edition and 2 more teams, namely Pune and Kerala coming up in the fourth edition, the tournament started to loose audience with the controversial termination of Kerala due to breaching of BCCI’s terms of conditions.
The following year also saw the threat of termination of a team that was the winner in the previous edition, i.e. Hyderabad as it was unable to find new owners for itself. But, the team survived with Sun TV Network showing interest in the team at a very late stage in the year.
The year 2015 saw a lot of hue and cry after an announcement marking the suspension of two time winners Chennai and the inaugural season champions Rajasthan following their role in a match-fixing and betting scandal. Towards the end of 2015, it was announced that Pune and Rajkot would be substituting Chennai and Rajasthan.
Apart from all these shuffling going on, there were many more issues and controversies surrounding the IPL like moving the tournament out of the country due to Assembly elections due in the country, matches being shifted from one venue to another due to draught like conditions and players being banned for being involved in doping and match fixing.
All these concerns and controversies have died down the people’s interest in the tournament and its future is a matter of concern for the management at BCCI.