The Indian Premier League has become one of the most popular sports events in India. IPL is also one of the richest events in the country. The sports event is full of glitz and glamour as we all are aware of. And as the sports event attracts millions of audiences during every match, IPL also has been attracting a lot of controversies over the years. Staring from 2008 till now IPL has also been a great platform for newcomers, where they can showcase their skills and knowledge of the game. Currently, the 12th season of IPL is going on and while we all patiently wait for the next match, we are going to talk about the top ten controversies in the history of IPL that shook everyone:
- THE 2013 SPOT FIXING AND BETTING CASE
The game of Cricket has been a victim of spot-fixing for years. But this time the ugly side of the sports industry and the management truly came out. In 2013 the case started because of the bookies that were arrested from Delhi and Ahmedabad. And as the case started to unfold big names started to reveal, from team owners to players to management people. The case started to get a lot of attention especially after the arrest of the famous Vindoo Dara Singh. The case started to spread very quickly when the police found out that the team owners of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals who were Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra respectively, were involved in the case. The Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were all found guilty of having connections with the bookies and were taken into police custody. N. Srinivasan was told to step down from his position by the Supreme Court of India. Later the Supreme Court appointed the Mudgal committee led by Mukul Mudgal to investigate and prepare a report.
2. THE STING OPERATION
The Hindi news India TV channel made a stir in 2012 when they released their sting operation where 5 players were accused of being involved in spot-fixing. The five players were TP Sudhindra who played for Deccan Chargers, Mohnish Mishra who played for Pune Warriors, Amit Yadav and Shalabh Srivastava who used to represent Kings XI Punjab and Abhinav Bali who was in the Delhi team of IPL. All of these five players were suspended by the IPL president Rajiv Shukla after the news broke. There were reports about the cricketers not being guilty. But the TV news channel fully trusted their operation and was ready to take legal action if needed. The Pune Warriors India team player Mohnish Mishra later did admit it in a sting operation that the franchise paid black money. He said he was paid ₹15 million from which ₹12 million was black money.
3. THE LALIT MODI SUSPENSION
In 2010 then chairman of IPL Lalit Modi was suspended by the BCCI. People often give credit to Modi for the start if IPL. He was suspended by Rajeev Shukla the vice-president of BCCI, and N Srinivasan who was the board secretary. He was accused of misdemeanors. There were allegations of financial impropriety, rigging bidding deals, offering bribes, betting and money laundering against Modi. Though Modi did say that he was not involved in anything wrong. The BCCI said that many important documents and financial records were missing.
This was the first controversy that got a lot of attention from the public and media that happened at the very first season of IPL in 2008. It happened between Harbhajan Singh who represented Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab’s bowler S. Sreesanth. Reportedly, after Punjab won the match S. Sreesanth said something that Harbhajan Singh got offended of and slapped Sreesanth. Singh was banned from the remaining matches and his total match fees were taken as a fine. Lalachand Rajput, the coach of Mumbai Indians, was also fined, 50% of the match fee for not taking any step to stop the incident.
5. PAKISTAN BANS CRICKETERS FROM IPL
After the inhuman terrorist attack that happened in Mumbai in November 2008, the government of Pakistan considered it would be unsafe for Pakistani cricketers to play for IPL that year. So they declined all the Pakistani player’s permission to travel to India. Key players like Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Younis Khan, and Shoaib Malik, who was playing for different franchises, were all restricted.
6. LUKE POMERSBACH ARRESTED FOR MOLESTATION
Luke Pomersbach used to play as a batsman for the Royal Challengers Bangalore before he was arrested for molestation. Zohal Hamid is a US citizen who claimed that she was molested by the Aussie player and when her fiancee tried to intervene, the RCB player beat him up. Pomersbach was suspended from RCB. The women later dropped the charges and settled the case out of court.
7. WAYNE PARNELL & RAHUL SHARMA AT A RAVE PARTY
South African bowler Wayne Parnell & Indian bowler Rahul Sharma both represented Pune Warriors in the IPL. In 2012, both of these players with 42 others were caught at a rave party, that was held at a posh hotel in Juhu, consuming recreational drugs. They were arrested by the Mumbai police. Though both of the players denied taking any drugs, their blood reports were positive. BCCI did not give them any harsh punishments as N Srinivasan said because they didn’t take any kind of performance-enhancing drugs, they shouldn’t be punished harshly.
8. SHOCKING REVELATION BY CHEERLEADER
Another shameful controversy occurred when during the fourth edition of IPL a South African cheerleader named Gabriella Pasqualotto blogged about how the cricketers deplorably conduct at post-match parties. She was dismissed from her role of cheerleading.
9. SHARUKH KHAN & CONTROVERSIES
The first controversy that happened in IPL involving Shahrukh Khan, who is the co-owner of the team Kolkata Knight Riders, when Sourav Ganguly was dropped from the KKR team 2011. The people of Kolkata, of course, was not happy and they voiced their opinion all the way they could. There were protests on the streets and they also launched a campaign called “No Dada, No KKR”. Even the attendance was dropped at the Eden Gardens.
Another controversy that happened, surrounding the Bollywood actor and co-owner of KKR was when he got banned from Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in 2012. After KKR won the match beating Mumbai, Khan walked onto the field and abused the officials and got involved in an argument with the security guards. SRK was banned for five years from entering the stadium by the Mumbai Cricket Association.
10. THE EXIT OF PUNE WARRIORS
Followed by the match-fixing scandal another controversy happened in the same year of 2013. When Sahara Adventure Sports Ltd announced it will withdraw its team Pune Warriors from IPL. Shara reportedly failed to pay the full franchise fee for the year and after that BCCI decided to encash Sahara’s bank guarantee. So Sahara decided to pull out the team.