20 June, 2021

Slog Over Histrionics In Kampala

Swarming with irregularities, rebel T20 leagues were shot down by the BCCI. Many are now moving abroad.

Poster of Afro T20 Cricket League
Slog Over Histrionics In Kampala

The success of the IPL spawned scores of T20 tournaments, often organised by dubious entities, that were ‘unauthorised’ by the BCCI. To stamp out the menace—some were reported to have been linked with betting and match-fixing—the Board had taken stern measures. State associations were notified, and pla­­yers registered with the BCCI or its affilia­ted bodies ordered to keep away. But the rebel leagues are not giving up without a fight. As the screws get tightened on them, many are spreading their net overseas—the main hub being the Gulf countries. But these T20 tournaments are also being played, or planned, in countries like South Africa, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and elsewhere, as defiant organisers refuse to buckle.

In recent times, the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), in joint operations with the police, has disrupted several unsanctioned leagues that had the patronage of well-known politicians and involved former India players. The stringent measures taken by the BCCI and its affiliated associations have forced some...

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