IPL is the abbreviation for Indian Premier League. The inaugural edition of IPL was played in 2008, where players from all around the world came to India to tuck in their big fat paychecks from their respective owners, but little did they know that IPL would go on to become a farce and epitome of controversy in the future.
The inaugural edition of IPL was a huge hit all over the world. Players from different countries were grouped into many teams. Legends from different countries were seen playing together for the first time. Friends turned foes and foes turned friends because of the diversified nature of IPL. This was the first of its kind of competition in cricket where an ensemble of cricketers where taking part in a championship so the hype and buzz were very high. The IPL 2008 was a huge success.
Then IPL chairman, Lalit Modi’s sudden exclusion from the governing body of IPL was a big shock to the fans and players. No one knew the reason for the suspension. Later it was confirmed that the suspension of Lalit Modi is because of the series of misdemeanors committed by him. The suspension notice was served on him by Rajeev Shukla, BCCI vice president, and N Srinivasan, the board secretary sending an email to the same effect. Following day negotiations took place between the top brass people of the committee to lure Lalit Modi to resign from his post but to prevent a heated argument in the meeting between the governing body and Lalit Modi which he was going to attend. Lalit Modi was barred from all the rights he had in the decision-making body, he was sacked from his post of chairman of the IPL and that was the end of the road for Lalit Modi in the IPL.
In 2012, a sting operation was carried out by a leading news channel against the players, in which 5 players were found guilty of spot-fixing. A huge outrage and uproar were caused by the sting operation among the fans questioning the authenticity of the championship. Rajeev Shukla suspended all the five players who were found guilty on tape of spot-fixing. No big names were involved in spot-fixing as per the news channel. A player was also caught quoting that the franchise that has bought him has paid black-money to him in the form of a paycheck, later the player was sacked from the team that had bought him.
Due to the Spot-fixing row in the IPL 2012, fans questioned the morality of the championship. Again in the IPL 2013 edition, three players of the same franchise were arrested on the charges of spot-fixing.
Gurunath Meiyappan, a top official of Chennai Super Kings was arrested in Mumbai by the Mumbai crime branch on the charges of illegal betting. Gurunath Meiyappan is also a relative of BCCI president N. Srinivasan, which added more embarrassment to the BCCI.
Eventually in 2014 N. Shrinivasan was told to step down as the president of BCCI by the supreme court of India in order to ensure a fair investigation otherwise his position might affect the judgment.
So far four teams have been sacked or withdrawn from the IPL for their respective reasons. Pune Warriors India withdrew their participation in the IPL 2013 because the franchise failed to pay the full franchise fee to the IPL that year. Kochi Tuskers Kerala was terminated from the IPL because the franchise failed to provide a bank guarantee to cover their annual fee. The most recent teams to be terminated from the IPL are Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Though the teams are terminated only for the span of two years. This move from the RM Lodha committee was caused because of the brief history of betting from the owners of the respective teams but the judgment asserted a strong statement that truth always prevails.