The Indian premier league that is a series of twenty-20 cricket league in India that is held during the months of April and May every year among the franchise teams that represent the Indian cities. The league was initiated by board of control for cricket in India in the year 2007. People around the entire country wait eagerly for the series to start. IPL is witnessed by number of cricket lovers every year, not only by Indians but people from other countries as well. IPL is not just a series of cricket match but it has brought many spices with it since the beginning of it. Yes the spices refer to the controversies associated with the Indian Premier League. The 10th season of IPL is here with new enthusiasm and excitement. Let us take a look over the major controversies of IPL since its beginning:
- Controversies started right from the principal period of the Indian premier league (IPL) when Mumbai Indians’ stand-in skipper Harbhajan Singh apparently slapped Kings XI Punjab paceman S. Sreesanth after Punjab had won the match. In spite of the fact that the correct explanation behind the episode remains a puzzle, Sreesanth is accepted to have said something that Singh discovered hostile.
- In the backdrop of terror attacks in Mumbai during November 2008, the Pakistan government regarded it was dangerous for its players to go to India for following year’s IPL. Major players like Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul, who were playing for different franchises, were declined permission along with others.
- The IPL founder and chairman, Lalit Modi was suspended from his post by the board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after charges of monetary wrongdoing against him developed in 2010. In the wake of discovering him blameworthy of indiscipline and unfortunate behaviour, the BCCI in 2013 restricted him for life from holding any cricket post.
- Ravindra Jadeja did not renew his agreement with the Rajasthan Royals and attempted to arrange a more gainful deal with other franchises. It was a genuine breach of players’ guidelines, and the IPL governing Committee slapped a one-year restriction on him.
- South African cheerleader Gabriella Pasqualotto created quite a stir in the fourth edition of the IPL after she blogged about the deplorable conduct of cricketers at post-match parties. She was sacked from her role as cheerleader by the IPL, but that did little to scuttle the controversy.
- The fourth season of the IPL saw the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) dumping Ganguly after his base price reportedly increased from $200,000 to $400,000. The southpaw was later bought by the Pune Warriors as a late replacement for injured Ashish Nehra, but the KKR snub effectively ended Ganguly’s IPL career.
- The Bollywood star and Kolkata Knight Riders co-proprietor was included in a fight with security protects at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai after his side’s win over the Mumbai Indians. Khan was blamed for strolling into the field after the diversion and manhandling the authorities. Mumbai Cricket Association restricted Khan from entering the stadium for a long time, yet renounced it in 2015.
- The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman was arrested in New Delhi over a complaint of molestation filed by a U.S. woman, who also claimed that the Australian player had beaten up her fiancé when he tried to intervene. RCB suspended Pomersbach pending inquiry, but all charges were later dropped after the complainants withdrew the case.
- The 2013 season of IPL didn’t feature a single Sri Lankan player or match official for any game in Chennai, as the then Tamil Nadu government deemed it was unsafe for them to stay in the city. The decision was taken amid political tensions over the treatment of Tamils in Sri Lanka.
- Delhi police claimed it had evidence that the Rajasthan Royals trio of Sreesanth (pictured), Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan indulged in spot-fixing. The cricketers were arrested and later handed life bans, with the scandal itself going down as the worst in IPL history.
- While Wadia and Zinta’s much-publicized romance reportedly ended a few years back, the businessman-actress duo decided to continue their professional relationship. However, things came to boil when Wadia allegedly molested and threatened Zinta at the Wankhede Stadium during one of the IPL games. Zinta lodged a complaint with the police, accusing Wadia of threatening to kill her.
- The RCB skipper breached BCCI’s anti-corruption guidelines when he stepped out of players’ area to meet actress Anushka Sharma during the rain break of an IPL match. Players and match officials are not allowed to leave their designated area during a game, as per BCCI’s guidelines. Kohli escaped the offence with a verbal warning.
- The Supreme Court-appointed three-member panel suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years as part of the big-ticket reforms to purge Indian cricket. Justice RM Lodha, the head of the committee (pictured), became the face of the court’s crusade against corruption in Indian cricket, which also led to the ouster of BCCI’s top brass.
Now the cricket lovers are yet to witness something more in the upcoming season of IPL that is to start from 5th of April.