Premier League auction drama is over, but the game is just about
to begin. IPL has drawn great attention for all the "wrong"
reasons. We have heated debates about the kind of money the auction
generated: "Is this kind of money good for the game?",
"Will it drive cricketers away from the national team?",
"Will the players be loyal to the national team?"
we ask these questions, let's get this straight. Indian cricketers and
cricketers from the sub continent have been sold for huge amounts of
money because the crowds come to watch them. We love cricket and we love
cricketers from the sub continent. They give us great joy when they tick
and make us angry when they play badly. Our lives revolve around their
form. And their inconsistency brings exciting, nail-biting finishes to
our living rooms.
why grudge them the money they have attracted? These players have worked
hard, lived their lives the hard way, sacrificed many family vacations
that you and I could go to because they had to slog their backs off to
secure a place in the national team and make a career for themselves.
the money they have attracted, it's natural for a lot of us, who can't
dream of earning that sum in one lifetime, to feel envious. But this is
the beginning of IPL and the money they have attracted now is only
because the Indian team did a great job by winning the first T20 World
Cup. They made us swell with pride by beating Pakistan in the T20
finals. "Chak Diya India" occupied our TV screens. Do we have
the same pride when Indians do well in other sports?
players, who have been bought at astronomical rates, may not attract the
amount again. Their fortunes fluctuate with their form. One bad season
for Dhoni and we'll all forget Dhoni ever existed in the Indian team. Do
we even remember a Joginder Sharma? So the players are taking a risk of
being dropped from the national squad if they play badly in IPL.
worship our cricketers, but when they earn money, we wonder if they
deserve to be paid so much. We donít realise that these cricketers
attract money because we have made them icons. Because we don't mind
spending a whole night queuing up outside the stadium to buy a ticket to
watch a match. True, the cricketers work hard and play well, but playing
well alone doesnít guarantee crowds. It's we, the Blue Billion army,
which makes the cricketers earn their millions.
the IPL auctions, there have been angry protests about how other sports
are going to be neglected. But weren't these sports in a sad state even
before IPL was launched? Why don't we throng the stadiums when a local
football match is held? Why don't federations from other sports work as
well as BCCI and tap the potential of sportspersons? Other sports
donít get media coverage and sponsors because we donít go out to
watch them or cheer them on. Hockey, football, kabbadi and other sports
suffer because people managing the show donít want to move an inch to
market the game. So why blame cricketers and BCCI for other sports being
neglected in India?
face it, we all enjoy cricket. We forget our daily chores when India is
playing a match. Life comes to a standstill when an India match is as
exciting as the one we witnessed between Sri Lanka and India at
Adelaide. And when India loses, a billion people grieve.
who are complaining about IPL today will be the first to queue up for a
ticket to these matches. The rest will be glued to their TV sets. So
stop complaining, and enjoy the feast IPL is about to dish out.
look at the brighter side, we won't be down and out when a team loses
because every team has a member from the Indian cricket team. So whether
a team wins or loses, it's a win-win situation for the Indian cricket
Patell is a cricket enthusiast. This article was first published on www.sify.com.
demands ban on Twenty20 cricket
The government should ban Twenty20 cricket and ascertain the source of
income for the BCCI-backed multi-billion dollar Indian Premier League,
veteran CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta demanded on February 23.
Twenty20 cricket as a "gamble" involving "widespread
betting" and "free investment of unaccounted money",
Dasgupta alleged that a cabinet minister was involved in the
"caricature of the game and looting cricket lovers."
was apparently referring to Agriculture Minister and Maharashtra
political heavyweight Sharad Pawar, who heads the cash-rich BCCI.
player can exhibit talent in this format. It's a shameful attempt by
unscrupulous people to make money. Unfortunately, there is no opposition
to this, either from cricketers or from the government," the senior
standards and morality of cricket will go down because of Twenty20
cricket and events like IPL. Cricket will be destroyed," Dasgupta
Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and Preity Zinta, and industrialists Mukesh
Ambani, Vijay Mallya and Ness Wadia were among those who recently
shelled out billions of rupees in bids to become franchise owners of
Indian Premier League teams and rope in star players from India and
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sports are now in 'Indian Poverty League'
at all proof was needed that cricket is no more a sport but just another
industry, then the Indian
Premier League is a shining example. The franchisee team
owners and the BCCI would like us to believe that their cause is the
game and its 'upliftment', while the mind-boggling financials involved
only need to look at the figures that one cannot even begin to count and
ask of the team owners why they had not thought of spending just a small
percentage of the staggering amounts they have coughed up to run
academies or indulge in such grassroot activities like sponsoring needy
and talented kids. The reason is the bottom-line. [Read
Jaipur Shane Warne (US$ 450,000), Graeme Smith (US$ 475,000),
Younis Khan (US$ 225,000), Kamran Akmal (US$ 150,000), Yusuf Pathan (US$
475,000), Mohammad Kaif (US$ 675,000),
Chennai MS Dhoni (US$ 1.5 million), Muttiah Muralitharan (US$
600,00), Matthew Hayden (US$ 375,000), Jacob Oram (US$ 675,000), Stephen
Fleming (US$ 350,000), Parthiv Patel (US$ 325,000), Joginder Sharma (US$
225,000), Albie Morkel (US$ 675,000), Suresh Raina (US$ 650,000)
Mumbai Sachin Tendulkar (icon), Sanath Jayasuriya (US$ 975,000),
Harbhajan Singh (US$ 850,000), Shaun Pollock (US$ 550,000), Robin
Uthappa (US$ 800,000)
Bangalore Rahul Dravid (icon), Anil Kumble (US$ 500,000), Jacques
Kallis (US$ 900,000), Zaheer Khan (US$ 450,000), Mark Boucher (US$
450,000), Cameron White (US$ 500,000), Wasim Jaffer (US$ 150,000)
Hyderabad Adam Gilchrist (US$ 700,000), Andrew Symonds (US$ 1.35
million), Herschelle Gibbs (US$ 575,000), Shahid Afridi (US$ 675,000),
Scott Styris (US$ 175,000), VVS Laxman (US$ 375,000), Rohit Sharma (US$
750,000), Chamara Silva (US$ 100,000)
Mohali Yuvraj Singh (icon), Mahela Jayawardene (US$ 475,000),
Kumar Sangakkara (US$ 700,000), Brett Lee (US$ 900,000), Sreesanth (US$
625,000), Irfan Pathan (US$ 925,000)
Kolkata Sourav Ganguly (icon), Shoaib Akhtar (US$ 425,000), Ricky
Ponting (US$ 400,000), Brendon McCullum (US$ 700,000), Chris Gayle (US$
800,000), Ajit Agarkar (US$ 330,000), David Hussey (US$ 675,000)
Delhi Virender Sehwag (icon), Daniel Vettori (US$ 625,000),
Shoaib Malik (US$ 500,000), Mohammad Asif (US$ 650,000), AB de Villiers
(US$ 300,000), Dinesh Karthik (US$ 525,000), Farveez Maharoof (US$
225,000), Tillakaratne Dilshan (US$ 250,000), Manoj Tiwary (US$
675,000), Gautam Gambhir (US$ 725,000)