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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2732

‘Blow by blow commentary’ on IPL!

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

We cricket fans are quite used to the term ‘ball by ball commentary’ in the game of cricket but what we are hearing now could be called a ‘blow by blow commentary on IPL’!

Who thought that cricket will be brought to such low level.

First we heard about three players’ involvement, from Rajasthan Royal, in ‘spot fixing’ and their arrests together with some notorious bookies.

This shocking news followed by an announcement from the ICC that umpire Asad Rauf, now an umpire in the IPL matches, will not be officiating, in the Champion Trophy matches to be held in England, following media reports that indicate that he was under investigation by Mumbai police.

As an icing on the cake, we have now a ‘tornado’ in the making in relation to the affairs of Chennai Super King’s top official, Gurunath Meiyappan.

Mumbai police has summoned him, to its crime branch for questioning in connection with betting. This news is definitely embarrassing for the IPL as a whole and very especially for its parent body the BCCI, which is headed by his father-in-law Srinivasan. Meiyappan was reported to have been seen leaving his father-in-law, Srinivasan’s house in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu – a beautiful holiday resort.

We believe that under present circumstances, the BCCI should hire the services of an outside independent agency to conduct an impartial inquiry into the whole affair.

Sweeping things under the carpet will definitely ruin the name of this gentlemanly game.

Who would like to watch a game, the result of which is already determined by the bookies and the so called ‘sportsmen’ – let us call them the ‘fixers’!

We depended on sports for our leisure, now having corruption creeping into it like politics, what is left for us as an entertainment?

- Asian Tribune -

Chennai Super King’s top official, Gurunath Meiyappan
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