No cheers for the IPL
Ramachandra Guha, writing for the Telegraph, has his say on the Indian Premier League, which he compares to country liquor that leaves a "bad taste in your mouth".
The most egregious form of cronyism, however, was the ownership of an IPL team by the recent president (and former secretary) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. It was as if Alex Ferguson was simultaneously manager of Manchester United and the president of the English Football Association. The cronyism ran down the line. The BCCI chose the commentators on television, favouring those former cricketers who could be relied on to propagandize on their behalf, while keeping out the more independent-minded.