May 31, 2012

Indian Premier League

Promoting a club culture

Carlyle Laurie

Ayaz Memon, writing for livemint.com, says that Kolkata’s celebrations for the Kolkata Knight Riders’ victory on May 27, may have been over the top but it highlighted important development in Indian sport nonetheless.

City or club loyalty, the basis on which such leagues are structured globally, was still nebulous in the IPL, but that barrier now seems to have been broken. Though IPL franchises are still light years away from major clubs cutting across sports—like Manchester United, Manchester City, New York Yankees, LA Lakers, et al—but it must also be acknowledged that the cricket league is still only five years old compared to the aforementioned ones, some of which are several decades old.

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