27 November, 2020

Bull's Eye

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Bull's Eye
Purists regret what the Twenty20 series has done to cricket. Why? IPL isn’t sport. It isn’t commerce. It isn’t politics. It’s all three rolled into one. It’s how the world is run today.

The idea of a Twenty20 series came from Subhash Chandra, boss of Zee TV. He failed to get telecast rights to the 2003 World Cup and the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy despite making the highest bid. So he created the Indian Cricket League (ICL). An ICL official explained: "They denied us the cricket content, so we had to create our own content." Kapil Dev was recruited to give ICL its cricketing face. ICL started with a billion rupee corpus. Prize money for the winning team was a million US dollars.

Most national cricket boards threatened Test players with bans if they joined the ICL. Former Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad could not understand why. Nevertheless the Pakistan Cricket Board didn’t relent. Australian star Adam Gilchrist supported the ICL. He wanted to end the International Cricket Council (ICC) monopoly. Australian coach John...



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