All of this got endangered when, after several seasons of allegations of match fixing, the Delhi police arrested IPL players for spot fixing and a link was said to have been found to both Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK)it didnt help that the latter was owned by India Cements, the company owned by the
BCCI president, and one of the persons accused of being in cahoots with bookies was his son-in-law. While it looked as if things could be controlled, N Srinivasans refusal to step down as BCCI chief furthered the impression the inquiry would not be impartialwhen a Supreme Court appointed committee concluded officials of both franchisees were guilty, it appeared the Court was going to ban both RR and CSK. Fortunately for IPL, this didnt happen, and the Court settled for removing Srinivasan while the case continues to be heard. Had this happened, the R3,500 crore propertyincluding the money broadcasters would make annuallywas in danger of either shutting down completely or losing a large part of its charm, and money. Just reducing the number of teams from 8 to 6 would have reduced the number of games by 43%; sponsors, advertisers and broadcasters would have wanted to renegotiate their terms with a truncated season and star attractions like MS Dhoni no longer available to play. Just as the possibility of a more effective government post-elections has given India a respite, the Court has given IPL a breather by allowing RR and CSK to play. The question is whether IPL, and India, will use this respite to clean up their acts.