India's IPL conundrum: N. Srinivasan, Lalit Modi, Shah Rukh Khan, more

Apr 05 2014, 16:17 IST
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SummaryIPL is cricket's most lucrative competition, which pays players exorbitantly high salaries in a shortened, 'disco' form of the game.

since then, although he refused to budge voluntarily.

Justice A. K. Patnaik last week said the Supreme Court was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the allegations until the investigation is complete.

But former BCCI president Shashank Manohar thinks the 2014 IPL tournament should be suspended ''until the faith of the people in the integrity of the game is restored.''

Gavaskar is confident it will proceed. The first half of the season is due to start in the United Arab Emirates on April 16, taken off shore for the second time in five years because Indian authorities can't guarantee security for the tournament during a federal election period. The playoff series is expected to be held in India.

The BCCI ''members should remind themselves that money/profit is neither the aim nor the objective. The primary duty is to promote a clean game of cricket,'' Manohar said in a statement. ''What has been lately revealed could well be the tip of the iceberg.''

The Twenty20 format magnified the fervent following that cricket already had in India, making it shorter and simpler for people who no longer had the time or patience to follow test matches that could last five days and sometimes end without a winner. Games last two or three hours.

India's rich and famous, including actors Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta, clamored to be involved in T20 - the abbreviation that has become widely known - shelling out millions of dollars to buy IPL franchises and snap up the best players from as far away as the Caribbean and Australia.

It was a hit with players, many of whom can earn more in six weeks in the IPL than they can in a year for their national teams and some of whom can win a contract in India without ever having played at cricket's highest level.

A T20 game can be finished in three hours but the high-risk, high-reward nature of the abbreviated game that has made it so popular with a younger audience also makes it a target for illegal gambling.

The unprecedented finances of the league, and the number of investors wanting to buy in, also opened IPL organizers up to rumors and suspicion from the start.

Lalit Modi, regarded as the architect of the IPL, was suspended in 2010 on suspicion of corruption in the awarding of two new franchises.

He triggered that controversy himself when he revealed

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