The legacy of IPL has not only included glorious records and wondrous players but has also revealed to us the darker side of the sport, the events that come up as breaking news and catches everyone’s attention, surprising and annoying them but sadly, entertaining too. Let’s have a glance at the biggest controversies in chronological order:
2008: This was the year, when the first session of the Indian Premier League was out. Two controversies took place then. The first one was a conflict with the England and Wales Cricket Board. The first IPL season was coinciding with New Zealand’s tour of England and the County Championship. The ECB (England and Wales cricket board) got into a problem with BCCI, when their concerns were not paid attention to and in turn, the ECB refused to sign the No objectification certificate for the IPL. Only one player turned up for the IPL from England. Another move by ECB was the introduction of the Twenty20 English Premier League. The second one was the Slap controversy that occurred when the Mumbai Indians’ player Harbhajan Singh slapped the Kings XI Punjab paceman S.Sreesanth. Nobody is sure what his motivation exactly was, but it did cost Singh 11 games because he was banned.
2009: Ness Wadia and Mohit Burman‘s deplorable behavior and the Pakistani Cricket teams were gripping the headlines this year. Ness Wadia was accused by girlfriend Preity Zinta for molestation and she went onto say that he has violent tendencies which were not safe for her. Mohit Burman, the very same year was accused of poking the daughter of Ajay Gupta, the owner of Sahara group with a flagpole during the match. The Pakistan government banned its cricketers from coming to India for the 2009 IPL. This is because the previous year, there had been terror attacks in relation to the country and thus, it was deemed unsafe for them to travel to India.
2010: This year’s IPL was well-known for it’s Lalit Modi scandal that garnered a lot of attention. Lalit Modi was the mastermind behind the idea of the Indian Premier League. On the exterior, he was accused of breaching confidentiality as he tweeted the details of the new Kochi IPL team. But when dug further, he was accused of money laundering and several other financial wrongdoings. He left the country to go to the UK. He was then banned for life to take up any cricket-related post in 2013.
2011: Misdemeanour of cricket players at post-match parties was brought to attention by cheerleader Gabriella Pasqualotto. She was eventually removed from her post, however, it did create a stir and raise eyebrows about the behaviour of these cricketers.
2012: The spot-fixing begins. Spot-fixing has gone onto become a huge problem for IPL. But it was showing it’s colors in 2012 when several players were banned from cricket due to it. TP Sudhindra faced a life ban. Shalabh Srivastava faced a 5-year ban. Abhinav Bali and Mohnish Mishra were banned for a year. The same year Shah Rukh Khan, the huge Bollywood celebrity misbehaved with the guards and officials at the Wankhede Stadium and was banned from entering the field.
2013: Betting was now becoming another problem. Gurunath Meiyappan, who is the son-in-law of BCCI President N.Srinivasan and a top official of the was charged for betting. Even , who owned back then was charged with betting to which he confessed and thus, he lost the team. Both the franchises were banned for two years from the tournament. This year also looked at the biggest controversy of IPL when Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and the popular player, Sreesanth were given life-bans as they were accused of match-fixing.
2014: Although a lot of people thought that the Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta controversy got over long back. Apparently, they were still together and this time, he had allegedly threatened to kill her, molested and threatened her. She then lodged a complaint with the police.