Lalit Modi, the man behind conceptualizing the IPL, is in hiding somewhere in London or UK. He is not very comfortable to come back to India, at the moment, since he is not sure of justice being meted out to him in the case of alleged misappropriation of funds and conflict of interest in business. Still, the 4th edition auction/ trading for IPL players took place last weekend in Bangalore and there were some startling surprises. Indian players took the center stage, highlighting their dominance in global cricket. Nevertheless, youth was pricey vis-a-vis experience!
As player after player went under the hammer, surprise and disbelief went hand in hand. With two new franchisees ( Pune Warriors and Kochi) on board – taking the total number of teams to ten – IPL 4th edition is set to be bigger and better than the earlier editions.
27 year old Daniel Christian from Australia, was bought by Deccan Chargers for Rs 4.06 crore – this was a real surprise! He is relatively a new player and has not much to talk about himself as yet. Hence, with youth getting prominence, there is ‘promise’ to encourage budding talent in the forthcoming IPL matches. Also, T20 cricket is a new format and probably the IPL franchisees expect the new generation to take it forward better than the older players. Saurav Ganguly may have to digest the bitter pill of reality and turn into being a mentor like Anil Kumble has become for Bangalore Royal Challengers. The old hands have to step back and start being teachers for the new bunch of talented youngsters.
Other than that, there is nothing much to write about. Professionalism has been the hallmark of IPL matches and its success. There should be no let down on maintaining this aspect of the game. President-elect of BCCI, N Srinivasan should remove ambiguity and resign from playing a dual role – owner of Chennai Super Kings franchise as well as being in BCCI. Taking in account of the ‘conflict of interest’ that led to the ouster of Lalit Modi from the IPL board, we have to avoid similar situations in the future.
A transparent and fair system will ensure professionalism in the IPL and will set an example for other promising sports like football and hockey in India, in the long run.