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IN Sports ON 15 Apr, 2016
The Board of Control for Cricket in India or BCCI has been in the middle of various conflicts with many cricket boards all over the world. This was the result of the Indian Premier League (IPL). IPL has been the center of attraction for good and bad reasons, but mostly for bad. It has witnessed a lot of controversies over the years. Be it players getting into a fight or a celebrity misbehaving with a guard. Be it the players caught in a rave party or players indulging in spot-fixing, IPL has experienced it all IPL hits new lows as it goes into a new season. When "IPL schedule 2016" came up, we all were ready for the cricket and the events that would follow and will have "IPL 2016 live score" for both. But, here are some of the top controversies from the past seasons.
During IPL 2008, the inaugural season of the IPL, there was an after match incident when Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh allegedly slapped his India teammate Sreesanth, who was playing for Kings XI Punjab. This led to Harbhajan being suspended for the rest of the IPL. Sreesanth was later banned for life due to involvement in spot-fixing.
In 2013, during the 6th season of the IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan had gotten into a heated verbal altercation with a security guard present for duty at the Wankhede Stadium. This spat had happened due to the guard not allowing the kids of Shah Rukh Khan to enter the field after the match. This incident led to Shah Rukh Khan being banned for 5 years from the Wankhede Stadium. However, this decision was overruled last year by the court.
On 21 May 2013, the IPL franchise of Subrata Roy, Pune Warriors India or PWI announced that they were withdrawing from the IPL. PWI wasn't able to pay the full franchise fee, which is needed to be paid before the season, for the year 2013. With the BCCI encashing their bank guarantee, the Sahara group, the group who owns the franchise, decided to withdraw out of the league, that was rocked by the spot-fixing scandal at that time.
Possibly the most heated altercation or fight, you may say, in the IPL history. In the 7th edition of the IPL, during the match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mitchell Starc and Kieron Pollard got into an altercation. During the 17th over, Starc sledged Pollard and the next ball when Pollard moved away just before the delivery, Starc bowled the ball in Pollard's direction to which Pollard got angry and threw his bat. But, he stopped himself from a real throw, which would have been direct towards Starc. Pollard was fined 75% of the match fee and Starc was fined 50% of the match fee.
There had been a rave party in Juhu, Mumbai which was busted by the Mumbai Crime Branch with many television actors arrested. Along with them, were two cricketers, Indian youngster Rahul Sharma, and South African Wayne Parnell, who were accused of taking drugs at the party. While Rahul Sharma denied the accusations and told the police that he was waiting for a friend, however, the accusations were later confirmed to be true.
On 25 April 2010, the BCCI suspended the IPL chairman, Lalit Modi, for "alleged acts of individual misdemeanors". The suspension period on him was served by BCCI vice-president, Rajeev Shukla, and N Srinivasan, who is the board secretary, by sending an e-mail for the same effect. It continued a day for negotiations with interlocutors with attempts to persuade Modi to resign, however, pre-empted a potential flashpoint during a scheduled IPL governing council meeting, for which Modi said that he would attend it. Modi was officially fired from participating in the matters of the IPL, the Board and any other committee which is associated with the BCCI. This was done just minutes before the IPL 2010 closing ceremony. If shocks us to see the person behind the success of IPL being punished like that but if you indulge in illegal activities punishment is required.
It is always sad to see two countrymen fighting on the field or even outside the field. And especially when they are Indians, it hurts more. That is what happened in the 6th edition of the IPL. During the 6th edition, in 2013, during the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore, two of India's great players, Gautam Gambhir, and Virat Kohli got into a heated spat with each other. Both were the skippers for their respective teams. This incident occurred when during the match at the M Chinnaswamy Virat Kohli got out. While walking out to the pavilion, Kohli heard some words from the KKR skipper, to which he responded in his own angry-young-man way. Both known for their hot heads started replying to each other remarks, and one thing led to another and before you could imagine, it turned into a big fight. Both players came close to each other and were separated only by the umpires and players. But, after the match, both were witnessed shaking hands with dignity and respect for the each other. Let's see what happens this season with "IPL schedule" known and both playing each other again.
On 14th May 2012, India TV, the Indian news channel, aired a sting operation which had accused 5 uncapped players of involvement in spot-fixing. Responding to the news, Indian Premier League president Rajiv Shukla instantly suspended the 5 uncapped players. The five players were, Mohnish Mishra of Pune Warriors, TP Sudhindra of Deccan Chargers, Shalabh Srivastava, Amit Yadav of Kings XI Punjab and Abhinav Bali, Delhi cricketer. But, the report went on claiming that none of the well-known cricketers were found guilty. Mohnish Mishra was part of Pune Warriors India team for that season and he admitted having said the franchises pay black money, for a sting operation. Mishra was caught saying that the franchisees paid them the black money and he had received ₹15 million from the later, among which ₹12 million was black money. He was also suspended from the team. Today, India TV is only required to tell the scores and so they will do the same for "IPL 2016 live scores".
On May 16, 2013, three players of Rajasthan Royals were arrested on charges of spot-fixing by Delhi Police. The three players were named to be Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan & Ajit Chandila. All the three Players had been suspended by BCCI until the inquiry of the case was completed by the police. New details emerged afterward. On May 24, 2013, a top official of the Chennai Super Kings franchise and son-in-law of BCCI president N. Srinivasan, Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested by the Mumbai Crime Branch in Mumbai in connection with illegal betting. On March 24, 2014, Supreme Court of India asked N. Srinivasan to step down from the position of BCCI president on his own, in order to ensure a fair investigation, unless it would pass a verdict ordering him to step down.
The disputes between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore never seem to end. Earlier, it was the skipper who got into the spat. And two years later, it was their teammates, KKR's Robin Uthappa, and RCB's Sarfaraz Khan. According to the media reports, Robin Uthappa had held the collar of the young player during the drinks break of the match. This happened again behind the camera. This instance occurred during their match in Kolkata when RCB's 12th man Sarfaraz came to the ground with drinks after Chris Gayle had gotten out. Both of them started to exchange words and then got into a spat. The reason for the spat was known. But it wasn't the end, they again started to exchange words during the presentation ceremony. The conversation got so heated that after a while Uthappa ran towards Sarfaraz in order to hit him. But he was stopped and calmed by RCB players Ashok Dinda and Ab de Villiers. This year it'll be interesting to see what happens when they come face-to-face. The matches can be known through "IPL 2016 schedule" and scores on "IPL 2016 live scores".
Involvement of Royal Challengers Bangalore's players in controversies never seems to end. It seems correct why their owner is the man in the news today, Vijay Mallya. We don't know why aren't they banned from the IPL like Chennai and Rajasthan, maybe because Bangalore's instances were on the field and also not frauds, well till now. We don't know the future. Another controversy which involved the skipper again. It was during last year's IPL, the 8th edition when Virat Kohli went to meet his then girlfriend, actor Anushka Sharma. During the match with Delhi, when Delhi's batting got over Virat went to the VIP box which is near the dug-out. They talked for around five mins, but this action was against the rules. The rules or the ACSU protocol states that during a live match, no player, and staff member is allowed to meet any person from outside unless it is an ICC official. This issue was in the news for a long time but didn't receive any heavy fine. Although now there won't be any problem as they aren't together anymore.
Kolkata Knight Riders are another team which has been in the news for all the bad reasons from the start of the IPL. Be it the owner Shah Rukh Khan or the captain Gautam Gambhir, KKR has gotten into a number of disputes. This time, the instance involved supporting West Indian Sunil Naraine. Sunil Naraine is known to be the most successful bowler in T20 format. With the use of his magical spin, he has been a key player for KKR. But, often he has been slammed with bans for illegal action. Same happened before the IPL season. But this time, he got support from KKR. KKR was on the verge to quit the IPL when their key bowler Naraine was not allowed to bowl in the tournament any further. After clearing the tests in Chennai, Narine was allowed to bowl for his team. However, midway through the tournament, Narine was again banned. Let's see what happens this season and the "IPL 2016 schedule" showing KKR is going to need him early.
Keiron Pollard is known as a complete player. He is a big hitter and can win matches with his explosive batting at the end. He is also an influential bowler with bowling important spells at the death. Along with these all-rounder skills, he is one of the best fielders in the game today. But he has also been involved in many controversies be it with the West Indian Board or in the IPL. We all know about the Starc instance but there was another controversy which surrounded Pollard. It was hilarious for the crowd. During a match against RCB, again playing a part in a controversy, few words were exchanged between the two West Indian players Mumbai Indians Kieron Pollard and RCB's Chris Gayle. Viewing the situation, the umpire talked to Kieron Pollard and told him to shut his mouth. The next thing we see is that Pollard comes to bowl his over with a tape over his mouth. This saw jeers from the crowd. With his teammates in the dug-out getting a good laugh. We'll see what he has in store for us this season with "IPL 2016 live scores" telling the scores. This season would be interesting as Pollard plays after West Indies didn't include him in the team for the world cup.
Chennai Super Kings are the most successful team in the IPL. With reaching the semi-finals every time and winning Two times in a row. And the other is Rajasthan Royals, who were the underdogs in the inaugural season but still won the IPL. The star-studded Chennai Super Kings, two-time champions of the IPL, and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the cash-rich cricket league for two years in accordance with the betting activities involving their key officials, who are Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season. Meiyappan, former Team Principal of CSK, and Kundra, co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals, have been suspended for life as they were indulging in betting and brought the IPL and the game into a bad light. The punishment was announced by the Supreme Court- appointed three-member committee, which was headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha, putting a scanner on the high- profile T20 League, which initiated in 2008 by then chairman, Lalit Modi. The Committee was created by the Supreme Court in January 2016 with its terms for reference being to announce the ultimate punishment against Meiyappan, Kundra, and the two franchises, which are the India Cements Ltd, who are the owner, of CSK and Jaipur IPL, owner of Rajasthan Royals."India Cements argued that they have done a lot to grow the game of cricket. But it cannot be a mitigating factor because they as franchise owners did not punish Gurunath, who was clearly identified as a team official after he was found guilty of betting. It was only the BCCI who suspended Gurunath from participating in cricket," Justice Lodha said.