Well, no offense to the die-hard fans of the cash-rich Indian Premier League, but there are some questions which need to be raised. Almost every cricket fan loves IPL, but a question like that is it necessary to spend so much of time and money on IPLs, need to be asked.
Every passing year IPL comes with a new mode of hurrays! Let us focus on some of the not-so-popular qualities of India’s biggest money spinner for people who don’t appreciate it much.
Fight between the states
Wasn’t the international cricket rivalries enough that some new ones like Delhite are a threat to a Kolkatan finds a need to arise. Cricket was previously meant to unite the people of a nation rather than splitting them into states.
Dominance of International cricketers
21st April 2015, KXIP vs RR – The match is to be decided by a super-over. KXIP selected Miller, Marsh & Maxwell for batting & Johnson as their bowler. RR selected Watson, Faulkner & Smith for batting & Morris as their bowling option. Now, a question arises that is this an Indian T20 league or some other international league. No Indian player wasn’t considered worthy enough to play in super over from both the team. That might have happened because both the teams have overseas skippers.
Effect on Consistency
The Indian Premier League has become a commercial T20 league. The claims of giving rise to new talented youngsters are not truly kept on the burners. In fact, except for 3 – 4 players not much consistency is seen in the new players in the past 7 years of IPL.
In had a happened a lot of times that Indian cricketers finished a hectic tournament just before the IPL. In the ongoing season of The Indian Premier League, almost all the members of Indian Test team was missed out from the initial matches of their respective franchises, mostly due to injuries. Players aren’t getting the much-needed rest and practice which they should, in order to avoid any aftermaths.
The Indian team will start preparations for the upcoming edition of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. They might not get enough time for these preparations as cash-rish T20 tournamnet is ending in the second last week of May while ICC CT 2017 is starting in the first week of June. All these things sometimes have a huge effect on cricketers’ consistent performance.
The Prize Money
In 2014, the winnings amount for an IPL team was as much as Rs. 14 crores. While in the same year Indian sixer specialist Yuvraj Singh was bought for the same money. The core chances for a player to perform according to his abilities lowers down. Some questions also arise like Does winning even matter?
Another harsh effect of of teh cash-rush league is that most of the cricketers are opting for early retirements. Where there are people like Josh Hazlewood and David Warner have once skipper IPL to concentrate on Test Cricket, there are players like Rahul Dravid who have taken early retirement from test cricket to concentrate on T20s and ODIs. Either way, none of the are able to concentrate on so many things at once.
No home advantage left
India was once an impassable fort for non-subcontinental teams. It still is but only in the longest format of the game as nowadays, overseas players are getting so much exposure of our pitches and environment, I wonder how much longer can we keep this fortress intact.