June 1, 2012

Indian Premier League

It’s a cosy little club

Carlyle Laurie

Rajdeep Sardesai, writing in the Hindustan Times, says that while the IPL has been great in terms of entertainment value. The league is still a tightly controlled Indian ‘Private’ League rather than a well governed Indian ‘Professional’ League.

The English Premier League (EPL) has become a high value global product not just because of the quality of the football on view. The EPL is supported because it has aligned itself to a transparent system of governance which every club has to adhere to. The IPL, by contrast, has aligned itself to a handful of team owners and cricket board officials, none of whom, it seems are accountable to anyone but themselves. Professional sport needs professional governance, not rules framed to promote private interests.

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