Agencies can't provide photos to cricket websites April 15, 2008

Curbs stay on Cricinfo in fresh IPL rules

Cricinfo staff
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The IPL's media restrictions will result in Cricinfo not having access to images provided by agencies such as AFP and Getty Images © AFP
 

Editorial operations of cricket websites, including Cricinfo, in covering the Indian Premier League will be severely restricted despite a considerable climbdown by the league on its accreditation guidelines for the print media and news agencies. A revised set of guidelines issued by the IPL on Tuesday offered major concessions to the print media and agencies but barred cricket websites from covering matches from the ground and using pictures that would normally be sold to them by photo agencies.

Instead, Cricinfo, the world's largest cricket website with nearly ten million regular users, will have to buy images from a syndication service that will be provided by the "American company" that has bought the portal rights for the IPL, said Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner. No conditions have been specified yet for this service.

Sambit Bal, the editor of Cricinfo, described the restrictions as discriminatory and unjust. "We are a legitimate cricket media organisation with unmatched global credibility and we are asking no special favours," he said. "We cover cricket with journalistic rigour and integrity. We are being denied our basic rights to cover a cricket event in a professional manner."

However, Bal said Cricinfo's editorial commitment to the tournament would not be affected. "Boycotting the IPL is not an option for us. Our commitment to cover cricket is absolute, as is our obligation to the reader. We are not blind to the significance of the IPL, which could be a seminal event in cricket. We will try to cover every game with the same rigour and depth expected of us."

The News Media Coalition (NMC), the umbrella body that has under its wings global news and photograph agencies Reuters, Associated Press, Agence France Presse and Getty Images, slammed the IPL over its restrictions on cricket websites.

"Loyal and genuine cricket fans will be the victims of the decision by the Indian Premier League to restrict editorial coverage of the tournament on certain websites in an attempt to commercialise news coverage," an NMC release said. "It is an attack on freedom of choice and on press freedom to force controls on the media which mean news pictures of the tournament will not be seen on cricket fans' favourite websites.

"It is ironic and gravely worrying to the media and fans alike that websites which have provided general cricket news to a worldwide fan-base should no longer be able to provide full coverage. Devoted cricket fans should be the full beneficiaries of the same freedom and plurality of the media as anyone else interested in the news and should not be forced away from their choice of websites devoted to cricket. It is a sad day when a sporting body attacks its fans and media partners in this way."

Modi told Cricinfo: "We are not blacking out cricket-specific portals. The American company to which we have sold the portal rights will offer photographs at a reasonable price. I can't reveal the name of the company but everything will be clear in the next 24 hours." Modi said that the IPL was continuing with the BCCI's policy of not giving match-specific accreditation to journalists of cricket websites to protect the official portal's rights.

However, most other grievances of newspapers and news agencies were removed in the final set of guidelines issued on Tuesday evening. The IPL claimed that a "constructive dialogue" with a representative of the Indian Newspaper Spociety (INS) "saw all contentious issues concerning the media accreditation terms and conditions settled amicably." The 44-day Twenty20 tournament starts in Bangalore on April 18.

 
 
Loyal and genuine cricket fans will be the victims of the decision by the Indian Premier League to restrict editorial coverage of the tournament on certain websites in an attempt to commercialise news coverageThe News Media Coalition
 

The Press Trust of India, the country's leading news agency, said they would cover the event "under protest". PTI had previously decided to ignore the tournament if the media guidelines were not modified.

"We have decided to cover the event but under protest," VS Chandrashekar, an executive editor with PTI, told Cricinfo. "We are happy that the IPL has agreed to climb down on some terms and conditions. But we do not want our subscribers to be affected. So we are urging the IPL to remove the ban on supplying photographs to cricket-specific websites."

The Editors Guild of India expressed "an element of unhappiness" over the IPL's ban on news agencies from selling photographs to all subscribers and said they would finalise their stand on the guidelines on Wednesday. "We had specifically made it clear that news agencies should be allowed to sell photographs to all their subscribers, including cricket-related websites," KS Sachidananda Murthy, the secretary of the Guild, told Cricinfo.

The IPL issued the fresh set of guidelines after discussions with representatives of the Indian media over the last 10 days and revised the clause that gives the league the right to demand and use, free of charge, all photographs taken by all those accredited to cover the tournament - the IPL can now use the images only for the "promotion of cricket" and not "commercial purposes". The IPL also offered to revise the limit of photographs that can be used by websites linked to newspapers from six to a "reasonable number". Besides, in case of any breach of rules, the IPL will now "make all reasonable efforts to resolve the dispute" with the "accredited party" before initiating proceedings to withdraw accreditation.

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  • DineshIyer on April 17, 2008, 2:50 GMT

    Am completely shocked that Cricinfo, THE website for cricket news, scores on the internet, is denied coverage. But its totally expected considering that the BCCI, run by greedy politicians, is running the show. Because of the BCCI, I feel so ambivalent about the IPL. One part of me wants it to be a success because it will be the first professional league in our country. On the other hand, I want it to fail so that it sends a strong message to the BCCI that their powers are not unlimited. It will send a message that they cant ban players for playing in the ICL just for the IPL to be a success.

  • iconoclastix on April 17, 2008, 2:03 GMT

    Cricinfo already has a lot to offer. As an avid reader of the site, and a connoisseur of the game, I do not feel too concerned about losing out on anything meaningful, if you guys decide to give IPL a miss. It is thanks to cricinfo that I am able to follow Ranji and Duleep Trophy scores, or read about cricket in Papua New Guinea, or know that Zaheer Abbas was also Syed Kirmani(!) - all this sitting in the United States - BCCI has had absolutely no part to play. By all means, lets go ahead and pretend that IPL is not happening - it does not deserve us. It is about time that someone took a stand.

  • jinnai on April 17, 2008, 1:47 GMT

    possible the website company in question is live current media - http://www.livecurrent.com/ - a canadian company hosting some significant websites like cnet.com etc

  • jessmk on April 17, 2008, 1:05 GMT

    The BCCI is proving and proving that they are just a business establishment.. Never has they shown any commitment to the game.. Now they have come up to cash in India's 20-20 victory.. they will be a success here too.. but remember, once everybody realizes what bcci is, bodies like ICL will gain ground and cricket world might get split..

    FYI : BCCI is the wealthiest sports body in the world. But it does not have an official website yet. Ice Age thing or what. And how many guys at the top of BCCI know how to play cricket?

  • sdhadwal on April 17, 2008, 0:52 GMT

    IPL should learn a lesson from NHL,NBA and NFL leagues played in North America. All the leagues have franchises and their matches are covered by all the daily news papers,TV Channels (sports) and of course on the internet web sites despite some of the teams having their own TV channels and league's official web sites. I think by resticting media(any type) IPL is shooting in their own foot.More people have access to IPL's match coverage more the chances are it will be successful.They are trying to acheive short term goals by selling rights to certain media agencies and it could be too late before their eyes are opened.Out of billion people their target is to reach a few million...Hmmmmm, it is not a BAD stratergy.

  • nsbharwani on April 17, 2008, 0:51 GMT

    "Cricinfo" you don't need the IPL instead they need you, and I can bet on that. In fact you ought to charge them fees to carry the IPL, they are going to make all the bucks not vice versa. I am sure the majority of those who read at Cricinfo will ignore IPL news, simply because there is nothing partiotic and many don't have enough time to waste when someone else's cash register in ringing.

  • kpepper on April 16, 2008, 22:45 GMT

    When Kapil Dev said, "ICL is here for a long time", with great confidence I did not really believe him. I saw no way it could run beside the money stacked IPL. But now I see his point.

  • sivaambi on April 16, 2008, 22:40 GMT

    If cricinfo or for that matter any news agency which has self respect must boycott this event. As someone has said already we need to support ICL than IPL. My humble request to all cricket fans : Please boycott this IPL event where the sole purpose is to make money.

  • santosher67 on April 16, 2008, 22:26 GMT

    I think it is time to teach BCCI a lesson. This is the height of corporate greed. I would love it if Cricinfo would completely ignore the event. On the other hand, ICL should be given more coverage.

  • manas.shah on April 16, 2008, 22:22 GMT

    If I am not mistaken, MLB, NFL, FIFA etc are also run like this. IPL is just based on their model. I guess cricket ("gentleman's sport") and pure capitalism don't create a pretty picture :)

  • DineshIyer on April 17, 2008, 2:50 GMT

    Am completely shocked that Cricinfo, THE website for cricket news, scores on the internet, is denied coverage. But its totally expected considering that the BCCI, run by greedy politicians, is running the show. Because of the BCCI, I feel so ambivalent about the IPL. One part of me wants it to be a success because it will be the first professional league in our country. On the other hand, I want it to fail so that it sends a strong message to the BCCI that their powers are not unlimited. It will send a message that they cant ban players for playing in the ICL just for the IPL to be a success.

  • iconoclastix on April 17, 2008, 2:03 GMT

    Cricinfo already has a lot to offer. As an avid reader of the site, and a connoisseur of the game, I do not feel too concerned about losing out on anything meaningful, if you guys decide to give IPL a miss. It is thanks to cricinfo that I am able to follow Ranji and Duleep Trophy scores, or read about cricket in Papua New Guinea, or know that Zaheer Abbas was also Syed Kirmani(!) - all this sitting in the United States - BCCI has had absolutely no part to play. By all means, lets go ahead and pretend that IPL is not happening - it does not deserve us. It is about time that someone took a stand.

  • jinnai on April 17, 2008, 1:47 GMT

    possible the website company in question is live current media - http://www.livecurrent.com/ - a canadian company hosting some significant websites like cnet.com etc

  • jessmk on April 17, 2008, 1:05 GMT

    The BCCI is proving and proving that they are just a business establishment.. Never has they shown any commitment to the game.. Now they have come up to cash in India's 20-20 victory.. they will be a success here too.. but remember, once everybody realizes what bcci is, bodies like ICL will gain ground and cricket world might get split..

    FYI : BCCI is the wealthiest sports body in the world. But it does not have an official website yet. Ice Age thing or what. And how many guys at the top of BCCI know how to play cricket?

  • sdhadwal on April 17, 2008, 0:52 GMT

    IPL should learn a lesson from NHL,NBA and NFL leagues played in North America. All the leagues have franchises and their matches are covered by all the daily news papers,TV Channels (sports) and of course on the internet web sites despite some of the teams having their own TV channels and league's official web sites. I think by resticting media(any type) IPL is shooting in their own foot.More people have access to IPL's match coverage more the chances are it will be successful.They are trying to acheive short term goals by selling rights to certain media agencies and it could be too late before their eyes are opened.Out of billion people their target is to reach a few million...Hmmmmm, it is not a BAD stratergy.

  • nsbharwani on April 17, 2008, 0:51 GMT

    "Cricinfo" you don't need the IPL instead they need you, and I can bet on that. In fact you ought to charge them fees to carry the IPL, they are going to make all the bucks not vice versa. I am sure the majority of those who read at Cricinfo will ignore IPL news, simply because there is nothing partiotic and many don't have enough time to waste when someone else's cash register in ringing.

  • kpepper on April 16, 2008, 22:45 GMT

    When Kapil Dev said, "ICL is here for a long time", with great confidence I did not really believe him. I saw no way it could run beside the money stacked IPL. But now I see his point.

  • sivaambi on April 16, 2008, 22:40 GMT

    If cricinfo or for that matter any news agency which has self respect must boycott this event. As someone has said already we need to support ICL than IPL. My humble request to all cricket fans : Please boycott this IPL event where the sole purpose is to make money.

  • santosher67 on April 16, 2008, 22:26 GMT

    I think it is time to teach BCCI a lesson. This is the height of corporate greed. I would love it if Cricinfo would completely ignore the event. On the other hand, ICL should be given more coverage.

  • manas.shah on April 16, 2008, 22:22 GMT

    If I am not mistaken, MLB, NFL, FIFA etc are also run like this. IPL is just based on their model. I guess cricket ("gentleman's sport") and pure capitalism don't create a pretty picture :)

  • kamchari on April 16, 2008, 22:09 GMT

    I think IPL and BCCI are acting like dictators. I liked the way how ICL conducted their business. It is just not enough to have big Criket and Bollywood names. It needs the loyal support of fans. I have been a Cricket player and follower for over 50 years. If they persist like this I see their demise soon. I logon to Cricinfo almost every day and it will be a travesity not to allow them. Shame on you Sharad & Co!!

  • RedOm on April 16, 2008, 22:09 GMT

    wait till its a flop..i really hope it does.bcci cant think beyond,to hell with the growth of the game..i hope it bombs. ICL has been doin tremendously well and whatever has been done to em is really sad.am sure the media can ban this event..NOT LIKE THE TICKETS ARE SOLD FOR ANY OF THE GAMES!

  • slingarmaction on April 16, 2008, 20:06 GMT

    First of all, I am not a fan of BCCI. Though I think ICC is doing the best job it can to do the balancing act. Cricket is entering into a new era, where the powers-that-be are changing. What we are seeing is - as Dick Cheney famously put - the birth pangs of a new world order. On the stance taken by most readers about the coverage of IPL, I completly support cricinfo in that they should cover the event. Not covering an event as important as IPL - in the context of the future of the game - is really not an option. So, the issue at hand is, how would cricinfo get the pictures. They used to buy it from AFP, GETTY, etc., now they can buy from this "american company". Don't see where the issue is. If the question is really about journalistic freedom, I think BCCI stance on this is, if you take the picture for yourself, they allow a "reasonable" no. of pictures. Why should BCCI allow a thrid party to sell the pictures of the event that it is organizing without getting any royalty.

  • mkhan30 on April 16, 2008, 19:39 GMT

    Cricinfo is the only way of getting all around cricket news anywhere in the world. IPL needs cricinfo if they want it to be hit outside india. I always open cricinfo first thing in morning to have snapshot of all cricket news. Its only bcoz of cricinfo i am able to keep track of ICL matches as well. This is killing game spirit and just for the sake of money selling everything in IPL. I think the print media should come up with some strategy to teach them a good leason or too.My Thanks to Cricinfo team for providing valuable info to cricket fans all over the world.

  • jinnai on April 16, 2008, 19:16 GMT

    considering willow.tv has all broadcast rights for NA, would it be possible that they may have the rights for internet usage as well.

  • AddyHerzo on April 16, 2008, 18:53 GMT

    Being in Germany, the only way to follow cricket is cricinfo. Cricinfo is part of my daily morning ritual ! Although Samit has posted that cricinfo is dedicated to cover cricket, cricinfo should really boycott the IPL for a certain time ( eg: 2 Weeks ) ! Its sad that Modi & co. think that the media is dependant on them !

  • TamilIndian on April 16, 2008, 18:47 GMT

    I would actually like Cricinfo and all news agencies boycott the IPL matches unless BCCI stands down on this important issue. I have for sure made up my mind not to follow IPL - and believe me that is a very hard decision since cricket to me is like scotch for an addict :-)

  • quickdraw77 on April 16, 2008, 18:38 GMT

    absolutely deplorable. I wonder if the BCCI is cutting off their own feet. This may significantly impact acceptance of the IPL if the "American" website does not do a good job of covering it.

  • Reetabrata.Ghosh on April 16, 2008, 18:38 GMT

    Cricinfo and other media agencies should have taught BCCI a lesson..I don't think this over-hyped tournament is going to be a superhit...May be we will watch some of those 44 matches...but seriously..no emotional involvement will be there...and that arrogant Lalit Modi..needs a lesson...

  • pdactyl on April 16, 2008, 18:34 GMT

    I am an hourly user of cricinfo and cannot go an hour without checking for updates on the site. I have been utterly and thoroughly disgusted by the whole IPL tamasha. First it was the auctioning of the players like cattle, then it was the stupid media restrictions. Cricinfo should do real cricket loves a favor and just ignore IPL. That will teach the idiots in BCCI a lesson. Please don't bend down to BCCI.

  • Rsaiyed on April 16, 2008, 18:23 GMT

    It is hilarious to see this event being turned into a circus. Cricinfo should absolutely boycott coverage of this event. I (and ALL of my friends) would rather watch the ICL than this farce! There is a complete saturation of cricket anyways, which is why a little "break" from the IPL 20/20 would be a great thing. Someone has to teach the sharks at BCCI a lesson. Since all the other cricket boards bow down to the power of the BCCI, why not start with Cricinfo completely banning any coverage of this league? I don't want to read anything about this league whatsoever. Please don't cover this preposterous event Cricinfo!!!

  • cric8111 on April 16, 2008, 18:12 GMT

    Re: Cricinfo and every other website should conduct an online poll to

    The problem with online polls is that they are not scientific enough.

    Besides the point though as we know even if half of India starves and the other half eats merrily, the IPL will go on as the money is there for everyone to see and salivate over including cricinfo.

    Sadly though the game will suffer.

    How ironic is it that while the greed for money made the late Cronje into an unwanted person on and off the cricket field, today specially in India people with loads of money are being allowed to ruin the game.

    Money cannot buy peace of mind nor can it buy the pleasure that comes from watching a classic cricket match with all the "glorious uncertainties" thrown into the mix. Just see the recent SL v WI two match series for example.....Priceless!

  • balamuruganmails on April 16, 2008, 18:11 GMT

    IPL is gonna to be a failure in India.

    Indian people wonot watch useless league games like this. so i believe they wonot get morethan 3000 people in most of the games when Sachin Tendulkar doesn't play.

    The crowd puller is SACHIN the GOD

    BCCI earned lot of money becos of our GOD "SACHIN", actually Sachins family and his 25 generations should get royality from BCCI.

    IPL a massive failure. Indian people wonot pay for ticket to watch those matches in stadium. I am really sorry for SRK,Zinta and others who invested Millions in the IPL. Indian people are not Europeans to watch regular club sports. cheers Bala

  • viknk on April 16, 2008, 18:07 GMT

    It is a shame that boards like BCCI(IPL) can get away with their financial muscle, Like many other posts I too agree that covering cricket and maintaining the vision of cricinfo is great, but a boycott of this event would have some desired effects into driving the point that BCCI is money hogging and run by a set of people who do not care for the intrests of the actual fan of the game.

  • chuckdephatte on April 16, 2008, 18:05 GMT

    This is simply a stupid act. Cricinfo don't need to provide coverage, though readers like I and several others will miss out, but we or I stand with Cricinfo and wouldn't like to see Cricinfo bogged down with these pathetic and stupid acts. The efforts put by Cricinfo are immense and commendable and Cricinfo will not get affected if they don't provide coverage but it will certainly affect the money-hungry people. I truly appreciate Cricinfo of its efforts.

  • cricketmad on April 16, 2008, 17:54 GMT

    Hi,

    This is the last nail in the coffin of BCCI's world cricket domination. The IPL will not be the making of Indian cricket. The hard work by Dalmiya in the 90's to bring india to the forefront are now wasted. The IPL will be the biggest mistake by the BCCI based purely on their desire to sink the Zee TV alliance and ICL. To make a filmi comparison- In GANDHI Martin Sheen who plays Vince Walker the journalist following gandhi makes a call to his newspaper when group after group of peaceful protesters are battered by the British and says "Whatever moral ascendancy the West once held was lost here today. India is free, for she has taken all that steel and cruelty can give and she has neither cringed nor retreated." What have we come to?? Dominance at what cost?? Its a sad day for Indian cricket enthusiasts.

  • iNFINITY9910 on April 16, 2008, 17:25 GMT

    this is so sad i've been longing for the league to start in a positive way but India seems take the australian way. We remember the incident when ACB banned photographers to take free pics and all we could see in the papers was a dark picture saying that it was to be a picture of a batsmen if they had the right to publish it.I hope that they are not trying to sell cricket or make the maximum amount of money out of the IPL. remember though that this is the only league that matches the football leagues which are played in england and other europian countries. I hopoe it lives up to its standards!!

    I want to see pictures of the IPL in Cricinfo and the other newspapers please

  • vinov_guy on April 16, 2008, 16:49 GMT

    The BCCI is aiming money alone and not the development of game. First they bidded teams, then players, now media rights? are we in hitlers period of rule? After all the same media created the hype over IPL by writing and covering every single movement of BCCI and now BCCI has kicked down the ladder by which they went up. I request the media people irrespective of wether they are print or electronic stop covering the IPL and lets see how it fares. surely negative... After all this is not an event of any importance and not between any nations. Just a club game. so nothing to loss for us.

  • jamrith on April 16, 2008, 16:34 GMT

    Boycott the IPL, in any event 90% of the discerning Indian cricket fans will lose interest in this tamasha very soon leaving the venal Lalit Modi and his compatriots with only the rabble who too will soon turn the whole event into an undignified spectacle and bring eternal shame to India.

  • kalyanbk on April 16, 2008, 16:26 GMT

    What would you expect from a tournament organized (or rather disorganized) by the cash crazy BCCI? I believe that the ICL in comparison has been very professional and dignified. I fear that all these excessive twenty20 matches will reduce cricket from a sport to mere circus entertainment like the movies or WWE.

  • karthik_padmanabhan on April 16, 2008, 16:20 GMT

    If I am now an total cricket fanatic, Cricinfo has a major part to play. Even when I watch a match on TV live, almost every time I follow the commentary, bulletins and the entire coverage given out here at Cricinfo -> I feel I have been denied that right now, and therefore along with it goes my interest in IPL. If Cricinfo takes the stance of boycotting IPL - I am with you (actually, I am with you on whatever course of action you choose to do - and am willing to put money where my mouth is if it calls for that)

  • Thangubhai on April 16, 2008, 14:45 GMT

    Skip this event and please cover ICL on the home page. They are doing a better job that the Circus called IPL. This is not a sport, but an auction of players.

  • Rahul_Y on April 16, 2008, 14:44 GMT

    I have been an avid follower of cricket on this website for the past 2 years.But I have never posted any comment so far. I rely on this website for the latest news and scores when I am in the office. I can't just stand by and watch the game being hijacked by BCCI and Lalit Modi. I want my voice to be heard. How can they restrict the coverage of a league instead of bringing the game to as many people as they can thru different media? The time has arrived to teach BCCI that they don't own the game. If BCCI doesn't lax the restrictions on this they are going to lose one cricket fan. I am going to cancel my subscription on willow tv.

  • Shefali on April 16, 2008, 14:43 GMT

    In a country like India that lives for cricket, putting restrictions on the coverage is ridicilous...Why make such a big deal of the IPL if people from all around the world have no access. We can check the scores but need photographs too as a picture says a million words. Can not stop Cricinfo its the best cricket coverage any one can get on the web. No point of the IPL with all the restrictions. I'm sure the players want their friends and family abroad to know what is going on.

  • Ganesh_Ramani on April 16, 2008, 14:13 GMT

    Maybe cricinfo and like minded news agencies should charge IPL for covering the event. Let them pay for the publicity or face a blackout.

  • Ganesh_Ramani on April 16, 2008, 14:10 GMT

    I have been using cricinfo for years now, and it has helped me to keep me updated with cricket news wherever my job has taken me, and in places where TV coverage is not available. Cricinfo should boycott this IPL if they do not change the rules. And if news channels join the boycott this would teach IPL a lesson. If this venture is so commercial what right do BCCI have in banning ICL players from playing for their state or country ?, after all the ICL players hold an Indian Passport and are not doing anything against the law. T

  • VK29 on April 16, 2008, 13:38 GMT

    The callous attitude of IPL and Lalit Modi will deprive thousands of cricket fans like me all over the world of regular and live updates. Mr Lalit Modi...Wake up!!! The success of cricket in general and IPL in particular are due to the interests that the game has generated world wide because of fans like us. You are digging IPL's grave by depriving us.

    Cricinfo, if the situation does not improve, I suggest that you and all other cricket websites should boycott any IPL related stuff on your websites. I hope ICL gets official recognition from ICC and challenges the BCCI monopoly on Indian Cricket. BCCI and people like Lalit Modi who run it have harmed the interests of cricket in India. BCCI and Lalit Modi are making money at the expense of domestic cricketerers in India who are still struggle for good facilities to help them improve the game.

  • Subra on April 16, 2008, 13:25 GMT

    Dear Sambit. Much as I respect Criocinfo's stance (and I would be lost without it), you must put your foot down and stop the greedy BCCI from bulldozing its views. There was no restriction during the World Cups. Is the IPL greater than the World Cup? If the media actively boycott the event, the BCCI will come begging you to cover the event. Don't give in to bullies! Sivasubramaniam, Singapore

  • NoDir_BaKe on April 16, 2008, 13:24 GMT

    Cricinfo must be allowed to cover IPL tournament. I cant think over Cricinfo! it will Hurt me lot, So please.

  • Shaun_Corrigan on April 16, 2008, 13:20 GMT

    Bugger 20/20 ... Test Cricket is why I log on to Cricinfo daily. Keep up the good work and don't waste money on photos from a worthless prduct!

  • FarzanM on April 16, 2008, 13:06 GMT

    There is only one way to settle this issue. Cricinfo and every other website should conduct an online poll to see if the we want you to cover this stupid event. I guarantee the answer will be an overwhelming no. These money hungry BCCI leaders need to be taught a lesson. And cricinfo if you have any respect for cricket and your viewers, you will completely ban this event.

  • slowleftarmer on April 16, 2008, 12:42 GMT

    Whilst I appreciate the sentiment that "the commitment to cover cricket is absolute", please, please Cricinfo - take a lead here and ignore the event unless IPL back down. Lalit Modi & co are setting a dangerous precedent that could have far reaching consequences for the future of the game and they need their wings clipping. Their corporate greed is staggering and is born solely from India's Twenty20 World Cup success. IPL failure will lead to equally fast regression of this particular whim of theirs.

  • srikanth4190 on April 16, 2008, 12:17 GMT

    the IPL organisers can't do without the media,sooner or later things will be sorted out in favour of the websites

  • SandeepJ on April 16, 2008, 12:08 GMT

    I sincerely hoped cricinfo would boycott coverage of the IPL. Surely IPL would need the coverage more that cricinfo. I doubt the IPL circus is going to be a hit as it is being touted. If it does go on to be popular, then my wife's going to be very happy for I would give up watching criket!!

  • scintilatingsehwag on April 16, 2008, 12:08 GMT

    It is an absolute travesty to say the least. As an avid and unbiased cricket lover, the lastest stance taken by the BCCI must be up there with the most ludacris in history. The problem is that the concept of " noones bigger than the game", is simply nothing but an after thought. It's great the game is being revolutionised, but at what cost? Cricket is meant to be a spectator sport that is enjoyed by everyone, instead it's becoming another gardious business. The problem is the the administrators of the game are money hungry businessman and not people who care for the game's best interest.

  • piglet101 on April 16, 2008, 11:52 GMT

    It's sad, but I'm not surprised with these rules regarding the IPL. BCCI has always been money-grabbing and greedy. What a disgrace.

  • nspatel112 on April 16, 2008, 11:47 GMT

    I hope the IPL fails. It is useless. It is all about money and nothing else. Where will we find rivalries like India vs Australia? or India vs Pakistan?

  • VinodCD on April 16, 2008, 11:03 GMT

    I am a daily user of Cricinfo and without them I would not be able to follow most of the games played by the team I support. I live in Australia but am a strong fanatical supporter of Sri Lanka. On many occasions I have emailed the team at Cricinfo to congratulate them on their efforts. The fact that the BCCI and other cricket boards around the world do not appreciate the positive (& balanced) effect that Cricinfo have on promoting and maintaining the success of International Cricket is a testament to the problems faced by our game. After the farcical organisation of the world cup, the ICC's "bowing" to India and the current "umpiring v technology" battles all impacting on our game you would think that the "powers that be" would wake up to themselves and realise that without the game and the supporting public (many of whom are fast losing patience with these goings on) they have nothing....I've never posted on a forum before but I felt that it was time to join the many similar voices!!

  • cric8111 on April 16, 2008, 10:24 GMT

    Re: "We cover cricket with journalistic rigour and integrity......

    I don't necessarily agree with that. Some of your commentary "team" members are too biased and their pro-white establishment attitudes are obvious. In addition you seem to think you have all the answers, not necessarily true.

    Do however remember once American companies get involved the next thing might be cheerleaders and TV timeouts, and possibly a change in the rules to suit the need for "contrived" finishes.

    As for the IPL the less said the better. I honestly think it is a good way for "black" money in India to become "white" thanks to the drawing power of the game specially in India.

    Here's what you should do, ignore it.........the mini skirt version is not worth losing sleep over. I for one doubt I'll be willing to pay good money to see, these players in multi-coloured outfits playing, the game on DishTV.

  • sportiveSaptha on April 16, 2008, 9:58 GMT

    well mates..the American company in discussion that seems to be bagged this offer is "Canadian Live Current Media Inc ". It's gonna launch one cricket site soon named Cricket.com. Apart from that i couldn't find any stuff related to cricket there... If BCCI gives rights only to it...probably millions of fans might miss their loving game updates. So i request you all to not to support IPL at all.. we love cricket not fancyCricket...

  • Kcila on April 16, 2008, 8:50 GMT

    Thank goodness for Cricinfo! I couldn't survive without my daily doses of cricket news, scores and gos from around the world. But Twenty:20 and a load of money grabbers and has beens playing for a bunch of billionaires who have just acquired a new toy? Nah, no thanks - stick to real cricket boys and sod the IPL and BCCI. Don't cover it and see just how much they need you rather than the other way round!

  • phanisharma on April 16, 2008, 8:42 GMT

    This is really harsh, Cricinfo must be allowed to cover IPL tournament. Cricinfo is really good, even if we are in office we are seeing the match because of Cricinfo. I mean they are giving description. They are typing each and every delivery in a very great manner and we get a feeling of seeing the match.

  • khmayecha on April 16, 2008, 8:29 GMT

    Cricket is (was) game - driven by passion and sportman spirit. Lately it has been relegated to glamour, women, money, sponsors, betting, etc. and all the other devils one can think of. In a coutry of our population, only a handful can go and watch the matches and their heroes. If there is a media restriction - for the love of cricket - everyone should switch off their televisions during the game. We may miss a few games - but that's the only way to bring the money hungry "organisers" back to their basics.

  • satyasainvs on April 16, 2008, 8:13 GMT

    All cricket loving fans should raise up their voice and ban watching matches and supporting frachise to make IPL shut their gates. The poor guys who are playing for ICL, we all have to support them and encourage them to promote them more to play for country. Sponsors of BCCI should think and voice up to encourage players not to encourage BCCI to make more money.

  • Satya_Cricket on April 16, 2008, 7:59 GMT

    Which is this "American company" whose name, the IPL head can't reveal? On what grounds have they given them the rights? BCCI awards TV rights to channels, hardly experienced in cricket coverage. Does this so-called American firm exists, who knows? As far the BCCI is concerned, making cash is their primary aim which they already have in plenty and also the vices associated with them.

  • raj60 on April 16, 2008, 7:34 GMT

    The IPL's only motive is making money for themselves and there is no transparency in their deals. What happens when other countries start their own league ? What will happen if the next board election this team gets thrown out and another round of witch-hunting starts ?

  • milestone.consultants on April 16, 2008, 7:27 GMT

    This is actually a sad day for cricket. I myself is one of the frequent user of cricinfo & a great fan as well who visits the site on a daily basis to check out new cricket stuff & I know more than 100s of people who do the same but it is so very unfortunate that the money making venture has ignored the liking & benefit of the common people just to add on some more money into their machine. They can't even imagine how many people would be affected by their step. I would be not be liking to watch any of the IPL matches.

  • Sunny-Bhai on April 16, 2008, 7:15 GMT

    WTG BCCI!!They say smart head think smartly & arrogance just displays attitude.What BCCi is doing here is showing arrogance, the tiger has tasted the drop of blood & BCCI has tasted too money from IPL. So where did the value of promoting cricket as a sport worldwide go? Guess in the dustbin under the IPL management tabel. But amongst us we do have people who are cricket fanatics & would go to watch the games & this craze that IPL will cash in on. Wake up India its about time we should all realize that we are nothing more dirts to BCCI who is not bothered. Boycott it let them also taste what an empty ground for a huge event like this looks like

  • madeelkhan81 on April 16, 2008, 7:12 GMT

    I think BCCI is too much monopolizying this IPL thing. As Cricket Fan i don't appreciate Twenty20 as a regular event. it will finally destroy test cricket. than fuzz over ICL as rebel ?? Y when IPL is exact same thing but the difference is who eats the fruits. BCCI is getting very political and hungry for money.

    My Advice to Cricinfo, ban coverage of IPL at all. let them do whatever they want to.

  • famas on April 16, 2008, 7:10 GMT

    I have been following cricket on cricinfo for atleast 7 years and have always found it impartial on the coverage as well as the articles. It is certainly unjust and pointless to restrict cricinfo or any other website, it is the right of the readers to follow the website of their choice. First the restrict ICL and imposed banned on players who are playing for ICL, and then the disgraceful way of bidding for the players. BCCI mind set is just on minting money, they are not doing any good for the game. They should remember no one is bigger then the game itself.

  • prabhuksnp on April 16, 2008, 7:00 GMT

    Thought it is not right move, however to hold restrictions with media is fair thought , after all ipl is money making venture , not charity...in order all they would do is loose the cricket itself.... a lovely sport lost itself in the hands of poor people.....they can take a fee, they can deny even members like us to watch the match if do not pay ...choice is theirs not ours...it is not main aspect of our lifes... we like the sport not the heroes made out of sport.....

  • Prats6 on April 16, 2008, 6:57 GMT

    well , you should ignore this IPL as it hardly affects the cricket fan.. i mean no one's getting irritated if Kolkata Tigers lose to Mumbai Indians , where 80% of players dont belong to respective cities !!

  • cheenubots on April 16, 2008, 6:56 GMT

    The IPL is a farce.Players who are not selected to play for their country in 20/20 matches are suddenly the stars of IPL. How can those players from the Indian team who opted out of the world Cup citing age suddenly become superstars in IPL. Media restrictions has been the way BCCI has always operated and even in the 21st century they live in Medivial times.

  • slowleftarmer on April 16, 2008, 6:55 GMT

    A real shame that the IPL is so greedy - if only the media as a whole would ignore the event. Sure, the local crowds would generate big tickets sales but just as "ICC does not make members - members make ICC" (Lalit Modi, 2007) so the media makes cricket , not vice versa, and advertisers will stay away if there is a blanket boycott. The idea of the IPL is also very short-termist: there is limited interest in seeing even the 'best of the best' when they have no real allegiance to their team in terms of nationality, locality or even time served. 6 weeks of cash grabbing does not mould a team and the public will soon tire unless the marketing and promotion is spot on. Without the press, TV and websites like Cricinfo this will not happen. Stay away completely - continue doing what you do so well now and let the IPL falter.

  • IPLFan on April 16, 2008, 6:52 GMT

    bhojani: fianlly one sensible comment. I guess for these guys in media, market economy is fine only as long as they can make money from advertisements. But paying for content is suppression of press freedom for them. IPL is BCCI's event and it is upto them to decide who they allow to cover the event. Why all this fuss?

  • last_man_in on April 16, 2008, 6:50 GMT

    I add my vote to all the others who say - "ignore IPL". Though I love the game and would desperately want to follow the action in this league as well, the high handed and money minded manner in which IPL is going forward is a great put-off. How can they come up with the kind of restrictions they have for the media? In fact it was wrong on part of the media to even negotiate with these crooks of IPL Board. They should have had a blanket ban; this would have resulted in IPL loosing its sheen, and as a revenge the media should have given that extra coverage for ICL. Just a wild thought - can ICL get all the dissappointed players/ fans / businesses and start a parallel International Cricket Council??? There were two international boards for chess, two in boxing, two in Indian motor racing, why not in cricket as well, so that the true champions of the game win!!!

  • satyasainvs on April 16, 2008, 6:43 GMT

    Friends, think of it a year ago when india fail to qualify for next stage, BCCI couldn't get any sponsors to support. Now since a year indian cricket doing better that's why in the name of excelling the cricket BCCI making hell a lot of money.. if no fans interest to watch these games then IPL will be utter flopped. Cricinfo readers ban BCCI and make cricket Live keep it away from the business. Especillay Ban the Board Members of BCCI.. Ban watching IPL matches..

  • Mickee on April 16, 2008, 6:36 GMT

    Awesome, I was planning to ignore the IPL, But, I would have been tempted to followed some of it, like I did with ICL, if there was full coverage on cricinfo. Now they have made my resolve easier....cheers :-)

  • NileshB on April 16, 2008, 6:31 GMT

    You get those images for free and display them here. You put in advertisements on your website and make money out of it, then why should you not pay for it? News and Media is also business, isn't it?

  • rnarayan on April 16, 2008, 6:26 GMT

    It is clear that the BCCI takes the word "Control" in it's name too seriously (incidentally, it is the only major cricket governing body that still retains this word). If it seeks to represent Indian Cricket at large, why are we not privy to its detailed financial statements? When asked, it suddenly becomes a non profit, private society, apparently not subject, among other things, to the the laws regarding transparency, monopolistic behaviour and restraint of trade . Personally, I do not intend to watch any IPL matches in protest.

  • sportiveSaptha on April 16, 2008, 6:16 GMT

    IPL is really money-illed. GET WELL SOON BCCI!!! How could they don't know the simple logic of covering live updates in web portals like cricinfo would naturally increase popularity of their new adventurous event. After all we the cricket lovers who actually pour coins in their packets...It is nonsense and BCCI should awake early before climbs down to the ground with negative buzz all around...

  • Noman_Yousuf_Dandore on April 16, 2008, 6:12 GMT

    I agree with all my crickets-brothers here. It's we who provide revenue to the game and eventually fat salaries to these greedy managers of the boards. If they're treating us as dirt we should counter that by boycotting their greedy endevours. I urge cricinfo to boycot the event completely and also urge the fans around the world to smack the event by totally ignoring IPL (which if allowed to prosper is going to destroy cricket).

    Cheers!

  • SaifS on April 16, 2008, 5:32 GMT

    This is tyranny and injustice towards the fans. Cricket should rule the game itself. IPL is getting too much money minded and should be stopped immediately. Indian government should step in without any further delay.

  • Sabi79 on April 16, 2008, 5:32 GMT

    BCCI is just not worried about the interests of devoted cricket fans, who are the real strength of the sport. Cricinfo must protest against this.

  • Shirazl on April 16, 2008, 5:20 GMT

    Whilst England, West Indies and Australia have been instrumental in increasing the standards and the competitiveness of cricket beginning from the WWII days to today in succession, India, and BCCI in particular, should be ashamed of commercializing and muscling the game with the money power that is pouring in due to the passion and respect the true Indians show towards the game. BCCI is the bane for Cricket in general and in India in particular.

  • mrgupta on April 16, 2008, 5:15 GMT

    This is a disgrace to the Cricket community. Just why IPL is doing this is beyond my comprehension. Looking at the Worlwide recognition of Cricinfo as the best Cricket Website, it should have been the first site used by IPL to promote its events. Rather, they are not allowing Cricinfo to use its images! This is shameful.

  • CricBay on April 16, 2008, 5:15 GMT

    It indeed sad the direction BCCI is taking cricket towards. Not only does IPL seem to disrupt International Cricket in general but in their greed to make money through all possible means, it is sad to see that something related to cricket needs to be scrutinized by them to get into my Cricket Bible, CricInfo.

  • aruncaddy on April 16, 2008, 5:11 GMT

    If all the media outlets plain and simple ignore the IPL, it wouldn't last a year. This blatant display of greed deserves a global media boycott.

    If Cricinfo doesnt cover the IPL, I, for one, will not be following a single match.

  • satyasainvs on April 16, 2008, 5:03 GMT

    Friends, this is the right moment we have give good support to ICL who are keeping cricket live, they are playing not for the money. I have watched recent series by them really excited how they are playing and playing with 100% efforts.. the thirsty of playing for the country can see in their eyes.. wonderful boys.. keep good going..

  • ragoheads on April 16, 2008, 5:02 GMT

    I am dissapointed and want you to boycott the event. Though I love cricket and enjoy following it I dont want to be treated like a second class citizen. According to Gandhiji, customer is God and any organization is privileged to be in a position to seerve a consumer. BCCI has a lot to learn.

    Even the media has to be unbiased and forget the IPL for now, and atleast concentrate on the ICL which is doing well and deserves its share of applause. I watched the semi finals and the Finals of the recently concluded ICL tournament. It was awesome.

    Media has to give out unbiased facts, dont run after the revenue. If someone is discriminating, just say to hell with you and ignore them.

  • Warnesie on April 16, 2008, 4:45 GMT

    Typical of the money-before-the-good-of-the-game attitude of the BCCI. This what all us "racist" white folks have been trying to say in post after post on this website.

    Cricinfo has been my first port of call every morning for about 7 years and I like the concerted attempt every journalist here makes to present balanced and impartial (well, mostly) articles. It has far more integrity than other so called cricket websites and deserves to be the FIRST organisation chosen to report the IPL on the web. (I'm a Test purist, but there can be a place for IPL.)

    Indian cricket lovers: I ask that you turn up to the games, take pictures on your mobile phones and write up bulletins to post here. Either that or write your own blogs. Something has to be done to stop Cricket Boards world wide (and that includes the one here in Australia) from treating us loyal fans like dirt and taking our patronage and support for granted.

    I'd love to know who I can officially protest to...

    Cheers

  • Zuhair on April 16, 2008, 4:44 GMT

    Why bother? This is the real face of the IPL. They banned ICL as they said it is for commercial purpose while IPL will promote cricket. Disgusting to say the least, but mates, why bother? Who on earth is dying for full IPL coverage nayways? Maybe this might turn out to be a blessing in disguise and IPL fails much before its natural death.

  • lestokes on April 16, 2008, 4:37 GMT

    what a complete farce and a disgrace. It is ironic that of the major international sports, cricket seems to also have the most difficulty in large scale cirkcet events. Good on you fellas.

  • surojeets on April 16, 2008, 4:32 GMT

    Someone should do a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) in Supreme court of India on this matter. And why is Lalit Modi not disclosing the name of that portal. It is ridiculous that the most popular cricket website fans cannot see the photos just because some obscure portal has paid millions to IPL.

  • Sekhar_S on April 16, 2008, 4:28 GMT

    The BCCI seems to keener on the money that it mints out of the IPL. Asking established cricket sites like Cricinfo to borrow pictures and videos from another company does not augur well for the future of the IPL. Lalit Modi may have satisfied the franchisees with the auction system, but he must realise that he has to satisfy the several million cricket fans in India and overseas to keep the IPL alive.

  • RajitD on April 16, 2008, 4:25 GMT

    I am truly disappointed at the disgraceful behavior of IPL. Cricinfo and such websites have actually amplified the passion of cricket so many of us share, and it is truly unfortunate.

  • visi89 on April 16, 2008, 4:20 GMT

    This is disgusting. This is unbelievable too. How can you ban cricket websites, especially Cricinfo, for not covering and publishing images of the IPL matches. I have been using Cricinfo for a year now and have been a great fan of it. I salute Cricinfo for it's commendable efforts also in the field of cricket. The BCCI can't go so far with IPL. I am really shocked and feel that IPL guidelines regarding media should be looked into again.

  • vparisa on April 16, 2008, 4:18 GMT

    The IPL is going just too far now. Cricinfo is my favorite cricket website. Even though I follow the match on television, I make it a point to look at the views on Cricinfo. Its high time all the media (paper and visual) gave larger importance to ICL. When Hyderabad Heroes won ICL, and when ICL India XI won the World Series, the news is just relegated as a non headline. Its high time folks. The IPL is exciting and without coverage on Cricinfo, it will be boring.

  • Dine on April 16, 2008, 4:06 GMT

    This is just start of the slide (of IPL), and for Cricinfo this is not the only event. For me without a ball being bowled, if there is so much being done, then God save Indian cricket. With so much competition from the ICL if IPL still thinks its the only league, then nothing can be done. We will follow Cricinfo whatever happens. You guys are wonderful.

  • vaidhya on April 16, 2008, 4:05 GMT

    The situation is purely due to the undue importance given to IPL by media. Even before the event started you can see the fight for advert space in all the media, whether paper, TV or web. ICL has just completed couple of well organised tournaments and none of the media gave any space for ICL. Still the event was success. You should encourage only the tournaments which really care for the sport and not the ones which are for self advertisement. Since the media is biased towards IPL, IPL in turn is becoming arrogant.

  • Bala68 on April 16, 2008, 4:03 GMT

    IPL - too much greed for money. Lets not forget that media (TV / newspapers / our own Cricinfo.com) have a great hand in popularising the sport. Hope sense dawns on the the IPL to lift unjust media restrictions. I, a cricket fanatic, am beginning to lose interest in view of this ugly display of one-upmanship by BCCI / IPL.

  • avixjan on April 16, 2008, 4:02 GMT

    The disgusting behaviour of BCCI especially Mr Modi seems to be the final nail in the viewers coffin. Anyways BCCI has already earned in excess of billion dollars but the greed for more money is still there. What is the basic purpose of IPL? Is it only to make more and more money or is it to promote the game. By putting a pricetag on everything BCCI seems to have lost the plot big time.

    Websites like Cricinfo provide unbiased coverage of cricketing action to millions of people who do not have access to live cricket on any given day. I personally think the media should unanimously boycott the coverage of IPL and then let BCCI's baby - the IPL, face the consequences. Let them generate the revenues only through gate collection with limited audience. Once this circus is deprived of the publicity only then their greed shall die.

  • tifoso on April 16, 2008, 3:54 GMT

    I've repeatedly felt that all the love Indian fans have for cricket is despite the BCCI, and not because of it. Once again, BCCI has proved to be an obstinate organization acting traitor to the very fans who make it a success. Cricinfo - you guys have done an awesome of covering cricket related news, and I'd just like to say that the cricket audience is behind you. Is there a way for normal folks like us to lodge a formal protest with the BCCI?

  • jaggibagi on April 16, 2008, 3:41 GMT

    I have just registered my self so I can voice my views as today for the first time I felt very strongly about this. I have been Cricinfo for many years and a lot of times, this is the only way to stay connected with cricket here in the US. If I understand it correctly, I think IPL matches are not being broadcast any where in the US so Cricinfo is the only source of info left but If this website is not allowed, in protest, I will not follow IPL in any way. Heck, I'm already losing interest in this tournament. We all need to unite and stand up as against the BCCI, who are now getting to the point to actually drive people away. But I have a feeling I'm not going to be the only one. And they will some day find themselves sitting and watching their matches alone. If they still find people to play that it, I will be disgusted.

  • Rajeev_Bishnoi on April 16, 2008, 3:37 GMT

    Please note IPL stands for "Indian pot of money". Read again. It says Indian. It was started because Subhash Chandra refused to be bullied by the monopoly called BCCI and had the financial muscle, marketing acumen and never say die attitude to pull if off in the long term. It scared the BCCI and pushed it in a corner to do something to counter an unprecedented threat to its unprofessional, monopolistic ways of operating. Cricinfo is the largest website in the world and BCCI doesn't get anything out of Cricinfo's huge text based traffic revenues, let alone ad revenue in video streaming that's going to be real big realsoon. BCCI is already sitting on huge revenues in IPL via franchiseownership, TV rights (most importantly Indian), ads etc. Cricinfo needs IPL more than IPL needs cricinfo. Cricinfo has to do some number crunching before taking any stance

  • 9ST9 on April 16, 2008, 3:32 GMT

    The IPL is going a bit too far now. The Indian board seems to think they have absolute power over everything. Think twice. Cricinfo is undoubtedly the most accessed cricket website. Blocking Cricinfo from covering IPL is absurd. The IPL is not going to get the hype expected anyway, because cricket fans are more intent on watching International matches rather than a host of international players representing a few over-populated Indian cities, or world XIs. Remember what happened to the Johnnie Walker Super Series. Without coverage on a site like Cricinfo, people are going to lose even more interest. Not too bright dear sir.

  • amitkh2008 on April 16, 2008, 3:30 GMT

    Well the whole situation seems to be the case of a school boy trying to earn a PhD in astronomical physics. It's the media that makes a sporting event spectacular and the players, celebrities. For millions of people who cannot take the time out to watch the live action, Cricinfo is the Bible of cricket. I am not sure with such kind of uncertain rules and regulations, how will the cricketing body in question sustain the tournament for long. I hope good sense prevails and everything is settled amicably.

  • yadpietersen on April 16, 2008, 2:55 GMT

    This is a disgrace, I don't know how the BCCI keeps getting away with these ridiculous decisions and why do the rights belong to an American company which has no compassion with the cricket viewing public?

  • guruofsex on April 16, 2008, 2:52 GMT

    I love Cricinfo to an extent where even though I have access to live cricket, it seems boring without humourous comments of the regular contributors on the Cricinfo commentary team. My GPRS bills are high due to love of Cricinfo. But I don't care. If IPL wants to block Cricinfo, it is there loss. Do they really think that people will go to that American portal just for IPL. I definitely won't.

  • abhibane on April 16, 2008, 2:40 GMT

    I supports YGuru's and Shravan's opinions strongly. Cricinfo is genuine cricket lover's website. It doesn't need IPL but IPL needs it. It's time Modi learns that cricket is not his private mint but a game loved and cherished by people around the world for reasons he is yet to fathom.

  • venmany on April 16, 2008, 2:39 GMT

    The high handedness of BCCI officials has to be condemned at the initial stage or else we will arrive at a stage where the viewing of cricket would be controlled by the money conscious BCCI and its glorified office bearers.We the public in the interest of the game are behind the media and request the media to bring out the cat from the bag and save cricket.

  • Demon_Rob on April 16, 2008, 2:30 GMT

    Clearly the IPL are saying that they are not a legitimate cricket event. If that's what they want then mark all their articles: 'this is a report on a self confessed non-legitimate cricket event'

  • redneck on April 16, 2008, 2:29 GMT

    Cricinfo provides the sport and its followers with the most in-depth coverage available and do cricket a great justice right round the world in the lengths it goes to in leaving no stone unturned in its coverage, and with no cost to its many, many readers. To see it slapped in the face like this when newspapers who charge people to read their news are able to get concessions to buy pictures is unbelievable. The IPL is only causing damage to itself in depriving Cricinfo of pictures as overseas newspapers such as the Herald sun and the Australian here in Australia already paint a picture of the IPL as a villian destroying international cricket. I doubt they will give the IPL much in the way of coverage as it is Aussie rules season now and cricket tends to take a back seat until the football season has finished. Which would mean Cricinfo is the only way to follow the IPL in Australia.

  • ThirdSlip on April 16, 2008, 2:28 GMT

    That's it. I am done with the IPL. It already to me represented everything that's leading cricket down the wrong path but with Cricinfo barred, I am happy I can cleanly give this tournamet a pass and get work done during office hours instead.

  • JustDoIt423 on April 16, 2008, 2:10 GMT

    The IPL are placing restrictions for media usage to make commercial profits. It looks to me more and more that the IPL would go down the drain. Without sharing the information with the media in this day in age, it is a suicide that IPL is headed towards. The amount of revenues being generated is making the decision makers blind for ever and I hope they realize and quickly fix this stupid rule.

  • Hope on April 16, 2008, 2:05 GMT

    I can understand why Cricinfo has not taken a hard stance as yet because Cricinfo's fundamental business model is being challenged. I can see similar guidelines being forced in ODIs and Tests in future.

    BCCI cannot manage one business properly and wants to get into internet portal as well, unfortunately. Actually, BCCI starkly resembles Chinese government, albeit at a much smaller scale. It wants to have full control over what is written in the media about BCCI and its tournaments and their lack of competency in doing anything. And just like the rest of the world is dependent on China, the print and e-media is heavily dependent on BCCI. It will be very interesting to see how you handles this monumental shift in the business model.

    I wish you all the very best.

  • Lawrie_Colliver on April 16, 2008, 1:53 GMT

    As someone who has worked in the media (CI as well) it is getting close to the time where websites shouldn't give the IPL any coverage at all. It is a disgrace the way this and other media have been treated in the past season. If it weren't for the free coverage that CI gives lower forms of the game, no one would know what is going on in the game. CI has invested a lot of money and time in coverage of cricket that newspapers, radio and TV stations have no interest in.

  • Cricfantoronto on April 16, 2008, 1:18 GMT

    It is pathetic to see where BCCI is going in the name of betterment of cricket. They have been making millions but never have given anything back to fans. Cricket stadiums are pitiful, seating arrangements are laughable, Food and toilet facilities are non-existent, pitches in India either are batsman's paradise or dirt-filled, uneven pieces of land.I can go on and on..Now they are restricting even the free media distribution of cricket events.

    For us fans, services of Cricinfo has been the lifeline and if BCCI does not care, we should plan our own protest. Cricinfo has enough readers to start a movement. It is time fans show their power to these people blinded by dollars.

  • crn28 on April 16, 2008, 0:58 GMT

    It is just ridiculous that an American company that may not have any acquaintance with cricket, will be covering the event. It is money power, commission and profit sharing. All the media should boycott IPL. It is sad that the print media has capitulated. It is the division and inability to stand united that makes for the success of bullies like Lalit Modi.

  • elcycad on April 16, 2008, 0:32 GMT

    As a South African supporter living in Canada, Cricinfo is the definitive website for world cricket. It is a shame that the IPL wants to shut out the supporters of the game by being greedy. I fully support a total media black-out of the event. Without the fans there is no game.

  • peter_della_penna on April 16, 2008, 0:23 GMT

    People forget that the ICC opened Pandora's box during the World Cup in April by banning highlights of matches from being shown on YouTube because they needed to 'protect their media rights interests.' Cricket Australia then escalated matters by introducing ridiculous restrictions on journalists covering the home tests in November against Sri Lanka before backing down. The administration of the IPL is just taking the next step.

    Rugby almost ran into this problem during their World Cup in September/October and backed off their media demands just hours before the first match. It's a shame that two niche sports who need as many fans as they can get and should be accepting all the free publicity in the world to achieve growth are so eager to shoot themselves in the foot with shenanigans like this.

  • Usama91 on April 15, 2008, 23:56 GMT

    I personally am on Cricinfo 24/7. Though it is understandable that sub-continent is the governing body of cricket, it has no meaning in this context. IPL should re-consider their options.

  • OneCricketFreak on April 15, 2008, 23:47 GMT

    Welcome to the world of reality! This was very much expected. BCCI/IPL is following the NFL route. I guess it is a signal to the media that they are not the only boss; which is never true in long run. Media can make or break such establishment but they need one voice and full support of legal system in the country.

    With Cricinfo's loyal fan base, ICL presents a major opportunity to Cricinfo and other such news organizations. However, media needs one voice and Mr. Modi is counting on lack of one; As media world is also competitive, they want the distinction among themselves too. I don't see how one can blame anyone else. In the world of opportunism, this is should be no surprise, this is business as usual.

  • silly.point on April 15, 2008, 23:42 GMT

    I think that Cricinfo can wear this Indian Board directive as a badge of honour. When the opposition bowlers have to devise bodyline tactics to stop a single man, it is - in a way - the supreme mark of respect. I think that Cricinfo should accept this Bradmanesque stature it enjoys, take guard, and be confident that even Douglas Modi's bodyline will not be able to pull down their webhit average to the levels of mortals. Cheers!

  • Fuad5452 on April 15, 2008, 23:19 GMT

    I had a lot of interest and now I do not care anymore. Cricinfo is the best website for cricket. I follow all cricket events through this and now that Cricinfo is restricted, I decided not to follow the tournament.

  • kcjasty on April 15, 2008, 23:02 GMT

    This is ridiculous. The only reason IPL climbed down on the media restrictions is, it was afraid that media would boycott the event which would mean a disaster to IPL especially now that ICL is successful. I really don't care about the images, but I don't understand why IPL is restricting it to websites. I follow Cricinfo regularly and almost all the matches involving India and Australia (simultaneously even when I watch them on willow) and to me if it's not on Cricinfo, then the match was never played. It's time Cricinfo and other websites stand firm and ignore IPL until they lift these silly restrictions.

  • Philip_Gnana on April 15, 2008, 22:43 GMT

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. What more can we the cricket following/loving public say about this autocratic and authoritarian league. Set by, for and themselves only. This reminds me of a similar situation three years ago at the Rose Bowl (Hampshire) when the ICC Champions Trophy was held. We the cricket loving public were not allowed to take our own soft drinks (bottled/canned etc) but only allowed the sponsors products.

    Is there any limit to commercialization? The answer is no. Money talks. Money buys the players. Money buys countries via their support. The super power dictates terms. It is a case of the tail wagging the dog.

  • coolmallu on April 15, 2008, 22:37 GMT

    I rely entirely on Cricinfo for the watching matches, reading articles and serves entirely my cricket needs. It is a travesty that they don't allow Cricinfo to cover IPL matches. First of all, BCCI try to thwart ICL, its organizers, and its players. Now they don't let Cricinfo cover the matches. Come on, how low can they get!

  • Ash.Habib on April 15, 2008, 22:19 GMT

    It is very sad how sports is being exploited for monetary reasons these days. IPL authorities should realise that without the fans their tournament is useless and I personally feel that the media should completely blackout this tournament. Cricket is a passion to millions of us around the world but I firmly stand against anybody trying to exploit our passion for a few bucks.

  • Zainkhot on April 15, 2008, 21:59 GMT

    This is really outragious. cricinfo is the best website for cricket and here in Canada we follow it like a religion for all the cricket news. Before even the cup of tea we open cricinfo in the morning. To deny the photo rights to a web site that is so high in its reporting is one more way BCCI is misusing its power, just because it can, at the cost of cricket fans all over the world. Money is everything for them.

  • Shanky123 on April 15, 2008, 21:34 GMT

    Its a huge disapointment that Cricinfo is not allowed to cover the event. The organizers dont know what they are doing ? They are killing the intrest of cricket. Around millions of indian live abroad and all of them are not that fortuanate to view the matches. Cricinfo is the best way to keep the intrest in cricket alive. If they start selling each bit and pieces for the sake of money, one fine day cricket as a sport will loose intrest and will be only played for money and there will be no sport in it.

  • athernawaz on April 15, 2008, 21:22 GMT

    This is total biasness, All the people around my community visits cricinfo to get latest updates.The latest pictures of events is one of the priority for visiting this website. Cricket need to be popularize in the world and this step is a big punch to the cricket and its fan itself. I hope IPL will reconsider this restriction.

  • AussieUmp on April 15, 2008, 21:10 GMT

    Blocking the most important source of cricket journalism in the world from a brand new tournament that organisers need people to support is commercially dopey. The unnamed US outlet had better be paying very big dollars for the privilege they have been given. I have no knowledge whatsoever of Indian law but wonder whether such restraint of trade is even legal.

  • EddieVilliars on April 15, 2008, 21:09 GMT

    What was the purpose of BCCI blocking print or for that matter any type of media from publishing photos or covering the matches from ground? The issue is not just that Cricinfo is being denied afore-mentioned right, all media has their feathers clipped - its about controlling every aspect of the tournament that may earn money. What really amusing (to my sick and cynical mind) is that the media is taking BCCI's kick up its collective backside like a muzzled and drugged dog. Prem Panicker wrote a blog regarding this about a week ago (http://www.prempanicker.com/index.php?/P30/), Cricinfo has published this article. By and large the media is not fighting the BCCI, it is negotiating with it. This may, just may, be BCCI's 'Mein Kempf'. Surprisingly, India's liberal/leftist judicial system will declare BCCI and its policies monopolistic if ONLY someone (say, Subhash Chandra) presents the argument right. I am not against BCCI earning money, but I hope to see them become more subtle.

  • tapori on April 15, 2008, 21:08 GMT

    Well what did cricinfo expect any way? The whole purpose of IPL is to make sure that they suck out every last penny from Cricket and not share the profits with any one. ICL was an amazing idea that could have provided the international indian team with a constant flow of great players. However, BCCI didn't want these players because their selectors would lose out on bribe (BCCI takes bribe to select players in the team - i've witnessed this personally). Then they realized that there is a way to make more money than bribes.. so they created IPL. The international stars add to the commercial value and the product of this is not just an Indian domestic series, it is a dream come true series for all cricket fans. If the prices of images and other media related bits were actually reasonable, they wouldn't need an American Company to run their business. I saw cricinfo should just ignore this series and team up with ICL - promote ICL like crazy. At least they had a motif other than making $$$

  • dyogesh on April 15, 2008, 21:05 GMT

    I do not understand why media is discussing with Modi. As Prem Panicker said in his blog, the moment they sit across with him on a table, they have lost half the battle. Today there will be one additional clause, in the next event there will be two more and so on. This is going to lead to a trend where Media is going to fight out before every event. Why doesn't media settle it all once for all.

    The posturing by Media indicates that media needs IPL whereas the reality is the otherway. Whatever the media proclaims, Mr Modi has won. He has still managed to put some additonal restrictions where there was none. He might be ridiculous but stil very intelligent. He started with 10 restrictions so that he can end with 2-3. Brilliant !

  • Odeti on April 15, 2008, 20:53 GMT

    How funny is this. IPL management is cutting the branch on which it is sitting. This is self destructive.

  • DSUS on April 15, 2008, 20:47 GMT

    IPL organizers are too snob. Lets just forget something like IPL is happening. ICL should just be as entertaining.

  • muneeb on April 15, 2008, 20:44 GMT

    Is the IPL administration is acting just like BCCI did during the India tour of Australia. Restricting websites from buying the pictures is only going to harm cricket. This is not the promotion of cricket, this is the demotion of cricket. IPL should be treated like a business. Already a lot of money has been invested in IPL and now restricting the use of images will only increase debt for the owners of the team.

  • narainbala on April 15, 2008, 20:39 GMT

    Cricinfo is undoubtedly the leading cricket related portal, but this IPL ruling might be in cricket's best interest. More publicity on leading sites like cricinfo for the ICL...which looks like less of a circus with no fascist like rules over plying of trade on the cricketers.

  • jeromedascorp on April 15, 2008, 20:37 GMT

    This latest News is a huge blow for Millions of fans like myself. I have not been too happy with the BCCI since the ICL was first talked about and now this has done it for me. They are extremely selfish and only about the money. They dont care about the billion+ hugely passionate cricket fans. Cricinfo has been a lifeline for me since I left India in August of 2000 and to see such a website have restriction of this sort is just plain ridiculous. I have followed the ICL very closely and now I really hope that the ICL will get more grounds because I have nothing against the IPL teams, but I truly hate the BCCI as a sports governing body for the way they have given money the priority over cricket. I certainly hope cricinfo will somehow gain access to images because I honestly do not trust any Indian news website for cricket news. I will follow every scorecard of the IPL on cricinfo only because I love the cricket coverage on cricinfo.

  • itspradeepforu on April 15, 2008, 20:37 GMT

    This is not fair, Cricinfo has a big user base. It gives up to date information of every match with detailed statistics and pictures. Its effects the fans.

  • Indian_Alps on April 15, 2008, 20:30 GMT

    I would urge Cricinfo to not cover the IPL tournament. As they are just trying to suffocate all of the people involved with cricket and make more money for their own pockets. I hope the Sharad Pawar regime retires early from the BCCI and more ex-cricket players do run the organisation.

  • badnoc on April 15, 2008, 20:26 GMT

    Finally the IPL is showing their true colours i.e., trying to be monopolistic. I cannot agree more that the cricket fans will be deprived of the photos and the news. The main aim of IPL is to control and they think this is the only way. By offering millions of dollars to the players they are showing off their muscles that they have the power. The media should boycott the coverage and make them feel that it is not the spectators on the ground but people living all over the world are their audience. As it is a lot of people feel and believe that IPL and ICL are only for a few die hard Indian fans. So, if they impose media restrictions on photographs and coverage they are cutting the same branch on which they are sitting. JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA.

  • b.krishna.c on April 15, 2008, 20:19 GMT

    I guess it is more a serious dent to 'IPL' than to 'Cricinfo'. I do not want this to sound like an advertisement for cricinfo but it is true. For people here in the states, we do not get to watch all the matches and buy those expensive sports channels. I guess it is time for the media (including the print) to be united and not cover this tournament at all. Whoever the BCCI sold rights to cannot be popular overnight. Request Cricinfo's expert commentary team not to write column/ give commentary to that American website. That website is not the whole media. BCCI will have to bend that way and will be careful next time on. Remind them that a tournament cannot be popular without media , not the other way around.

  • Garp on April 15, 2008, 20:17 GMT

    Cricket Australia started all this nonsense, and the BCCI followed suit immediately, how much money do these organizations need to make? Is the state of Cricket in India or Australia so bad that you have to resort to selling photo's? what's next any fan in the stadium with a camera will have to pay for the amount of pictures they may take or surrender there film for inspection before leaving the ground? It always seems that whenever Cricket takes a step forward it is followed by 2 or 3 back. The ICC should be dictating to the boards what media is allowed and what media may have charges, not the individual greed of that particular Cricket Board.

  • Pugnate on April 15, 2008, 20:14 GMT

    Well, these cricketer's incredible salaries have to be generated somehow. Ridiculous things like this are going to increase in frequency, unless steps are taken to regulate such officially sanctioned events. Also, the print media is a dinosaur that is going to fade away with the generation that favors it. It is silly to discriminate against the electronic media, and reflects narrow minded old age thinking.

    I love Cricinfo, and hope some compromise is reached. I hope that at the very least, the matches can be given live internet coverage by the correspondents through their television sets. If not, then it is sad news for those who follow cricket in countries where the sport doesn't receive proper coverage.

    I vote we all join hands in a moment of silence, and give IPL the middle finger salute.

  • Nirav-Ashar on April 15, 2008, 20:14 GMT

    Modi is being ridiculous now, is too money minded. Its digusting that websites like Cricinfo can't cover IPL.Cricinfo is genuinely and by far the best cricket website for cricket lovers. I hope BCCI & Modi learn lesson the hard way.

  • jsolo on April 15, 2008, 20:01 GMT

    Hardly surprising. In the inimitable tradition of avaricious British and American Capitalism, Indian Capitalism in the guise of BCCI joins the party. If you don't want to pay for our images, you can't see them. 1st, BCCI denies the existence of T20 cricket for 3 years. Then they suddenly wake up to the money possibilities, first trying to crush any internal opposition (ICL), then, thinking it is a monopoly before it is, starts dictating terms of coverage to outside entities. Welcome to the new world of sports Capitalism.

    CI and any of the other media outlets that feel aggrieved should simply boycott the whole tournament. I wouldn't pay one cent to BCCI for this tournament.

  • Venkat_Gan on April 15, 2008, 19:51 GMT

    Why does Cricinfo even want to cover the event? If Mr. Modi thinks that people would willingly oblige to his outrageous demands to catch a glimpse of the IPL drama, I am sure he is going to be proven wrong. I don't consider myself as a puritan when it comes to enjoying cricket or for that matter any other form of entertainment (I can shamelessly enjoy Rajnikanth and Chiranjeevi :))but still watching IPL is not high on my to do list. Anyway, I think that coverage of IPL would be more apt for websites that carry bollywood news and not for portals dedicated to sports. Does anybody still have the illusion that IPL is a sporting event?

  • omer85 on April 15, 2008, 19:45 GMT

    I am waiting for the day when BCCI will put money on using the word "cricket". cricket is fast losing its charm as a sport.in fact it is becoming a game of making money and more money.

  • WayneGo on April 15, 2008, 19:42 GMT

    Purile in the extreme. Especially considering no-one outside India really cares about the IPL anyway.

  • mathematicised on April 15, 2008, 19:34 GMT

    I am now even more convinced that you should seriously reconsider covering the IPL with the same attention to detail as you seem to be planning. Your coverage of cricket is unrivalled. I take this as another indication of the bully-like attitude of the BCCI and Lalit Modi. Clearly, the people who bring in all the money (the spectators) are absolutely unimportant. Why else would these restrictions be imposed. My loathing of the BCCI has reached a height that I never thought possible. There are hundreds of thousands devoted cricket lovers like me who love your website and for some it is their only window to live action. This is an insult, not only to Cricinfo but to all lovers of cricket. Shame on the BCCI.

  • AjaySM on April 15, 2008, 19:32 GMT

    This is plain dumb. The intent of the IPL is to get popular. How do you become popular by restricting an outlet like Cricinfo? This is a classic example of where they (IPL organizers) want to cut the chicken laying the golden eggs in an effort to get all the eggs upfront rather than being patient and reaping the benefit over the years to come. It just does not make any business sense.

  • bluechips23 on April 15, 2008, 19:20 GMT

    Lalit Modi is being blinded by all the virtual attention IPL has been getting and they are forgetting the core reason why cricket became famous in India - marketing, PR and media coverage. Ironically Lalit Modi doesn't understand the very basics of making the media happy and there by gaining brownie points from the all the media coverage and positive PR, which would have helped him in getting more viewers and make more profit.

    If this is the attitude of the IPL, I firmly believe that the media should completely boycott IPL until and unless adjustments are made.

    Nothing's bigger than the sport itself. By curbing the rights of websites like Cricinfo to publish pics and provide a proper coverage of tournament like IPL, Mr. Modi is restricting the access of IPL to millions of viewers all around the world, outside India. What are they going to do when they can't watch the game, can't follow it on Cricinfo, and can't even read news paper coverage since they are not in India?

  • tombee on April 15, 2008, 19:19 GMT

    I think that the IPL may regret alienating such a large number of potential fans.What does IPL and BCCI gain from withholding images of a showpiece event like the IPL from such a well respected and popular website?

    I won't be able to watch the IPL on TV (like many fans) and it seems odd that the IPL is wilfully cutting out so many fans.

  • 3ht45h4m on April 15, 2008, 19:16 GMT

    Its just the result of huge investment that has been put in, after all its cricket is a billion dollar industry now & it has been dealt as a business by the IPL authorities.

  • VickyRocks on April 15, 2008, 19:10 GMT

    This turn of event was totally uncalled for. The IPL and BCCI have already earned great bucks by selling the rights ,falling this low was not required. The media organizations should unite and stop this fiasco as at the end of the day it will affect millions of cricinfo fans like me who get loads of cricket related knowledge from this website.Its an outrageous decision and the media should fight it even if it means banning news and information about IPL.

  • ShravanPanyam on April 15, 2008, 18:53 GMT

    I am currently a college student living in United States. I have been what you would call a cricket freak since I was very young, and I use Cricinfo as my main source for cricket nowadays. If I cannot follow the IPL on Cricinfo, I honestly will not care enough to follow the event at all. In my eyes, the IPL will just end up being something that takes players away from the real game. And I am sure that many of my friends here feel the same. I feel that the IPL will be losing out on an enormous overseas audience if it restricts cricket websites like this.

  • the-anti-mule on April 15, 2008, 18:43 GMT

    I am being very restrained here in the interest of being decent. I am just bursting with rage and want to say much more. I mean if a Cricinfo journalist buys a ticket to go see the match, take some pictures is BCCI saying they don't own those pictures and have to get some "American company's" permission to put it on a website? Are these restrictions even legal? I get all my news from here. I am not going to any other portal. BCCI has just lost one customer. I thought the advent of IPL would usher a new era in Indian cricket where the customer matters unfortunately they still bent upon screwing a loyal customer. Sorry no more.

  • ZUBBU on April 15, 2008, 18:41 GMT

    BCCI and IPL are going down the drain. Its really pathetic and frustrating to see how the IPL is being held. I don't mind missing these games and follow the rest that happens if any.

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  • ZUBBU on April 15, 2008, 18:41 GMT

    BCCI and IPL are going down the drain. Its really pathetic and frustrating to see how the IPL is being held. I don't mind missing these games and follow the rest that happens if any.

  • the-anti-mule on April 15, 2008, 18:43 GMT

    I am being very restrained here in the interest of being decent. I am just bursting with rage and want to say much more. I mean if a Cricinfo journalist buys a ticket to go see the match, take some pictures is BCCI saying they don't own those pictures and have to get some "American company's" permission to put it on a website? Are these restrictions even legal? I get all my news from here. I am not going to any other portal. BCCI has just lost one customer. I thought the advent of IPL would usher a new era in Indian cricket where the customer matters unfortunately they still bent upon screwing a loyal customer. Sorry no more.

  • ShravanPanyam on April 15, 2008, 18:53 GMT

    I am currently a college student living in United States. I have been what you would call a cricket freak since I was very young, and I use Cricinfo as my main source for cricket nowadays. If I cannot follow the IPL on Cricinfo, I honestly will not care enough to follow the event at all. In my eyes, the IPL will just end up being something that takes players away from the real game. And I am sure that many of my friends here feel the same. I feel that the IPL will be losing out on an enormous overseas audience if it restricts cricket websites like this.

  • VickyRocks on April 15, 2008, 19:10 GMT

    This turn of event was totally uncalled for. The IPL and BCCI have already earned great bucks by selling the rights ,falling this low was not required. The media organizations should unite and stop this fiasco as at the end of the day it will affect millions of cricinfo fans like me who get loads of cricket related knowledge from this website.Its an outrageous decision and the media should fight it even if it means banning news and information about IPL.

  • 3ht45h4m on April 15, 2008, 19:16 GMT

    Its just the result of huge investment that has been put in, after all its cricket is a billion dollar industry now & it has been dealt as a business by the IPL authorities.

  • tombee on April 15, 2008, 19:19 GMT

    I think that the IPL may regret alienating such a large number of potential fans.What does IPL and BCCI gain from withholding images of a showpiece event like the IPL from such a well respected and popular website?

    I won't be able to watch the IPL on TV (like many fans) and it seems odd that the IPL is wilfully cutting out so many fans.

  • bluechips23 on April 15, 2008, 19:20 GMT

    Lalit Modi is being blinded by all the virtual attention IPL has been getting and they are forgetting the core reason why cricket became famous in India - marketing, PR and media coverage. Ironically Lalit Modi doesn't understand the very basics of making the media happy and there by gaining brownie points from the all the media coverage and positive PR, which would have helped him in getting more viewers and make more profit.

    If this is the attitude of the IPL, I firmly believe that the media should completely boycott IPL until and unless adjustments are made.

    Nothing's bigger than the sport itself. By curbing the rights of websites like Cricinfo to publish pics and provide a proper coverage of tournament like IPL, Mr. Modi is restricting the access of IPL to millions of viewers all around the world, outside India. What are they going to do when they can't watch the game, can't follow it on Cricinfo, and can't even read news paper coverage since they are not in India?

  • AjaySM on April 15, 2008, 19:32 GMT

    This is plain dumb. The intent of the IPL is to get popular. How do you become popular by restricting an outlet like Cricinfo? This is a classic example of where they (IPL organizers) want to cut the chicken laying the golden eggs in an effort to get all the eggs upfront rather than being patient and reaping the benefit over the years to come. It just does not make any business sense.

  • mathematicised on April 15, 2008, 19:34 GMT

    I am now even more convinced that you should seriously reconsider covering the IPL with the same attention to detail as you seem to be planning. Your coverage of cricket is unrivalled. I take this as another indication of the bully-like attitude of the BCCI and Lalit Modi. Clearly, the people who bring in all the money (the spectators) are absolutely unimportant. Why else would these restrictions be imposed. My loathing of the BCCI has reached a height that I never thought possible. There are hundreds of thousands devoted cricket lovers like me who love your website and for some it is their only window to live action. This is an insult, not only to Cricinfo but to all lovers of cricket. Shame on the BCCI.

  • WayneGo on April 15, 2008, 19:42 GMT

    Purile in the extreme. Especially considering no-one outside India really cares about the IPL anyway.