The Indian Premier League is one of the most well-known T20 leagues in the world. But it’s always been more about arguments and less about cricket. Since its beginning in 2008, there has been a lot of noise about it. Even though cricket is the main product, controversies, whether they were planned or not, helped IPL become much more well-known. In fact, there are so many controversies that people have stopped keeping track (three or four every season). So, we made a list of the top 10 IPL controversies from the last six T20 seasons.
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10) Ravindra Jadeja banned for one season:
Ravindra Jadeja, who is now one of the best all-rounders in the country, was banned from playing in IPL in 2010 for trying to sign a new contract with another franchise (allegedly Mumbai Indians) without telling his team Rajasthan Royals, for whom he had played in the previous season.
9) Players from Sri Lanka are not allowed to play in Chennai:
Last season, there was a big fuss because Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who wants to be Prime Minister, wouldn’t let Sri Lankan players play in IPL games in Chennai. The Sri Lankan Tamils issue, which is the most important issue in Tamil politics, led to this extreme step. But what was surprising being that the decision had to be made by the all-powerful IPL governing council. Thirteen Sri Lankan players, including legends like Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, were not allowed to play in Chennai because of security concerns.
8) Wayne Parnell and Rahul Sharma were apprehended at a “Rave Party”:
Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell, who used to play for the now-defunct Pune Warriors, were held in 2012 on suspicion that they took drugs at a rave party in Mumbai. The cricketers were found with a number of well-known people from the movie and TV industries. They were detained, but were let go after passing drug tests.
But both players denied the accusations and said “they were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” which seemed like a strange excuse. Rahul Sharma even said he would stop playing cricket if the test results were good. But even though Raul Sharma tested positive for drug use, he was not punished in any way.
7) Luke Pomersbach had sexual contact with an American woman:
People thought that the Australian middle-order batsman who made his IPL debut with Kings XI Punjab would become the next big IPL star. In 2011, he was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for $50,000. However, he made headlines not for his skills on the field but for his actions off the field, when he was arrested for molesting a US woman by the Delhi Police.
6) BCCI expel Kochi franchise for ownership pattern breach:
Kochi Tuskers Kerala was kicked out of the league by the BCCI because they broke their contract and didn’t give a new bank guarantee for 2011.
Tuskers Kerala’s start in the IPL was rough, and their end was just as rough. After a controversial attempt to join the money-making T20 bonanza, which caused union cabinet minister Shashi Tharoor to quit his job, the Kochi team couldn’t keep going. The BCCI finally ended its contract with it in September 2011 because it had broken the terms of the contract.
5) Sourav Ganguly was fired from Kolkata Knight Riders:
Sourav Ganguly was the captain of the KKR team for the first three seasons. When he was kicked off the team, dada fans all over India were furious. This was one of the most emotional issues in the IPL.
Shah Rukh, the owner of KKR and the king of Bollywood, was criticized for getting rid of Ganguly. The former Indian captain did, however, find a team for the fourth season in Pune Warriors, which made Dada fans very happy.
4) The big fight Shah Rukh Khan had at Wankhede:
Now, everyone knows that Shah Rukh Khan and trouble go hand in hand. In 2012, there was a fight with security staff at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. He is said to have cursed at the security staff.
Because of this, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) told Shah Rukh he couldn’t go to the stadium for the next five years. Even though many well-known politicians have asked for the ban to be lifted, it is still in place.
3) Sreesanth-Harbhajan slap gate:
The infamous slap-gate between Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh in the first season of IPL in 2008 is the third thing on our list.
This incident, which was shown worldwide, hurts the IPL and the spirit of the game.
2) Lalit Modi was fired as chairman of the IPL:
Lalit Modi, who started the IPL and was its first chairman, was fired in 2010 after accusations of fraud and bad money management came to light. At the moment, the person who started IPL lives in London.
1) The debate about spot-fixing:
In the last IPL, Delhi Police arrested three Indian players—Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, and Ankeet Chavan—for spot-fixing. Then Mumbai Police arrested Gurunath Meiyappan. Meiyappan, CSK’s son-in-law, is the accused owner. Recent Tamil Nadu police investigations suggest Indian sportsmen Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni had bookie ties. More will come.
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