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A quieter IPL 4 would be a blessing

In the Times, Mike Atherton writes that as Lalit Modi prepares his defence against the myriad allegations, it is time for the IPL to assume a more mature form, stripped of its blatant commercialisation, and over-the-top excesses.

I have always been deeply ambivalent about the IPL: the gross commercialisation, the greed, the pandering to celebrities and the salesmanship of some older players who should know better have done little to enrich the game. Against that, it is important to recognise the good things: the competitive, sometimes compelling, nature of the cricket, the new audience brought to the game, the promotion of younger Indian players and the wealth created for them.