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AIR MARSHAL ASHOK GOEL (Retd.)
PVSM AVSM VMP.O. Rohilkhand University,
“Don’t Kill the Cricket Also”
With a population of nearly 1.20 billion (120 crores), India can barely make any impact in International Sports arena. It has been only in cricket that India has earned some international fame professionally and performance wise. Even on management front BCCI has earned name and fame as one of the best professionally managed sports bodies internationally.
The origins of IPL in the year 2008, against all expectations become a great success story. A brain child of Lalit Modi, who has ample and, elaborate experience of working in corporate world where he achieved only success. IPL became a every home story, It brought business, foreign capital, employment to the people. And the most a great entertainment.
The greatest service IPL did was, this activity germinated cricket to those who could how never imagined being at International levels. We in India could hardly pickup seamers/ spinners/batsman for our tests/ and ODI. Today we have dozens of seamers/spinners/batsman with a wide choice. A large no of small city youngsters have reached International fame and made a mark in Indian cricket. Our players like R P Singh / Praveen Kumar/ Pragyan Ojha / Ravindra Jadeja / Pathan brothers are rubbing shoulder with Brettlee/ Adam Gilchrist/ Symonds /Sangakara/Jaya Wardhan/Bonds and many others. The standards of game in every discipline have nearly touched the ultimate heights i.e. batting/fielding/bowling.
Unfortunately some of the events during the 3rd IPL have brought the IPL to disrepute. Every possible politician is giving sermon / “close the IPL give this to a Govt. body” etc. etc. Every politician wants to head the sports bodies. Be that at state level or National level. Every sports body at sate or national levels is headed and dominated by a politician. And politicians those who have not been able to make a mark are making maximum noise. It was disturbing and horrifying to see Lalu and Mulyam in the Lok Sahba giving sermons to the govt., on the future of IPL. Lalu’s biggest Crib was that his own son could not make the grade for any IPL team. Hope he knows that Sunil Govaskar’s son Rohan Govaskar could not make it to national side even what to say of IPL. Dear Lalu jee the only sports body which has been managed professionally independently and with fairness is BCCI, with your efforts don’t try to kill the Cricket in India.
When it comes to malpractices and corruption Lalu ji don’t forget “Chara Ghotala” and Mulayam jee don’t forget the defence deals when you were the RM, (SU 30 deal specially) Enough heat has been generated on IPL let the Law take its own course “but don’t kill the cricket”.