Reality Check India

IPL in South Africa or England

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on March 22, 2009

Are you ready for this farce ?

Chennai Vs Bangalore in Durban !!

It seems like this is going to be a reality.

The IPL Twenty20 tournament, which proved to be hugely popular in its inaugural edition last year, will be played this year in another country, probably England or South Africa, in the wake of a tussle between the Government and the BCCI over security issues.

Source : PTI

Today on TV, Lalit Modi shows up and exposes just how clueless he is about the national context of the tournament. Perhaps all the bollywood stars and easy money went to his head. The tournament was good because it was held in India, we fans filled the stadiums, we rooted for home teams, our companies went on outings to the game, Sivamanis drums, Hariharan, and the whole atmosphere made it special. Chennai Super Kings had massive home support when they played in Chennai and Bangalore had support in Bangalore. The same matches played in empty stadiums will have no viewership and undermine the actual reason you want to move it out of India (ad revenue).

Remember, the BCCI has been given a privileged position by the country. The elections are important , either postpone the tournament or quit and let the ICL (Indian Cricket League) to take over. BTW : I consider the ICL to be a textbook case of Indian style capitalism.

So anyway, I watched Lalit Modi on TV today. Here is a sample exchange that caught my attention.

“Can you imagine the complexity of conducting the tournament in South Africa and Englan. We need 500 top hotel rooms every night. We need flights to criss cross the venues. blah blah … “

I bet he does not even realize that he is really working up the economies of cricketing venues in South Africa and England. While our hotels are suffering from low occupancy rates and our airline industry struggling – he is actually boasting about organizing such a major event in a foreign country. Apparently, the economic linkages of the IPL to the local economies seems to escape him.

the BCCI President Shashank Manohar told a press conference that they were forced to take the tournament out of the country because of the government’s attitude.

That hurts ! Here we are thinking the government helped you crush the ICL – who were the original innovators in India. Did they not ? I guess they were your friends then. I bet the ICL could have done equally well if the courts had forced you to share your venues and not prevent young ICL players from representing their country.

Final thoughts

Stay in India.

Agree to the dates

If foreign players are scared go ahead with Indian players

Dont make a laughing stock of India in SA and England. Seriously, no country has ever done  this !

The entire world will draw inferences about the security situation in India from your laughable action.

Do we want to hear this “Imagine how the security situation in India must suck, they run to South Africa and England to conduct their popular domestic sports event”


Let us say we have a warlike situation in this country, would you conduct the tournament in West Indies ? Are the dates and pampering foreign players that important ?

Die IPL !

2 Responses

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  1. listorbit said, on March 23, 2009 at 6:15 am

    This will be blessing in disguise for IPL promotion.Because of politics IPL may gain more popularity as it is going to held in overseas.

  2. Minor in possession said, on March 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Its very interesting blog.

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