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Take guard anew

IPL is a fantasy free-for-all. But the villains must be run out this time, writes Rahul Bhattacharya in the Outlook.

For the sport to remain uncorrupted in these circumstances, it is imperative that the top is clean. Which is why this time around, I hope there is a way to actually bring criminal prosecutions. A national sport is a precious thing. It is one of the ways a community sees itself and understands itself. The reflection at the moment is not very pretty, and India s genius is to change nothing but the mirror.
Also in the Outlook, Rohit Mahajan describes what an IPL Night party is like.

At one end of the hall lies a private zone, ringed by low tables and protected by 12 bouncers; you can go in only by invitation. There s also a temporary ramp. Suddenly, there s an announcement, and a fashion show is under way. People rush towards the ramp, raise their mobiles to make recordings. It lasts some 15 minutes but the clothes aren t the cynosure of eyes, the lounging cricketers are. Then there s some jiving. David Warner of Delhi, just knocked out of the IPL, is escorting three white women. Gradually, the forbidden zone fills up with pretty girls: good looks seem to have opened the doors for them.