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IPL | A Cricketing Event Like No Other

What started off as an idea to overturn the dwindling attendance numbers for cricket matches has now transformed into the biggest cricket event of the year.No other cricket tournament apart from the ICC World Cup even comes close to the attendance and viewership numbers of the Indian Premier League.

Before I delve deeper into the history of the IPL along, I would like to direct your attention towards best cricket betting sites providing odds on the IPL.

IPL | HOW IT ALL STARTED

For a sporting event that attracts millions of viewers from all over the world, it is hard to fathom that IPL has only been live for 12 seasons. IPL came into existence in 2008 as the brainchild of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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More specifically, Lalit Modi was bestowed with the responsibility of determining the format of the event along with number of franchises that were to be introduced in its inaugural season.

Modi in several interviews has clearly stated that IPL did not come about as a result of a brainstorming session one day but was a concept that had been worked upon for many years.

T20 really is a format for the modern world and as it stands, the IPL is the most attended cricket league that attracts talent from all across the globe.

International players such as Sharne Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Chris Gayle have flocked to the IPL and why wouldn’t they? The salaries on offer are more than enough to make them leave their own domestic leagues. 

IPL | TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND MATCH RULES

The IPL consists of eight teams that play in a double round-robin format.  Each team is required to play the other twice, once on their home ground and once on the home ground of their opponent. Two points are awarded for every win and one point if awarded in the event a draw has taken place.

After all the teams have played each other, the top four teams based on the points accumulated advance to the next round of the tournament. The bottom four are relegated and will have the whole year to re-strategise for next year’s tournament.

In the event of a tie in the standings, the Net Run Rate (NRR) will determine who has the highest ranking.

The points leader plays the second best team in the first playoff while the third and fourth placed teams play against each other in the second play off. If the points leader wins the playoff, then they advance to the final of the IPL.

The second best team is not knocked out just yet and must play against the winner of the third and fourth placed teams. A match between the losing team of top 2 teams and the winning team of match between 3rd and 4th team determines who the second team will be to reach the finals.

IPL is played using the standard rules of a T20 game. A total of two innings are played in the match with each inning lasting a maximum of twenty overs. If the over rate is kept on track, then an IPL match provides entertainment for about three and a half hours similar to a masala Bollywood movie!

IPL FRANCHISES

A total of eight teams make up the IPL with each representing a particular city in India. As of IPL 2020, the following teams are scheduled to take part in the IPL –

  • Mumbai Indians
  • Chennai Super Kings
  • Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Delhi Capitals
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad
  • Rajasthan Royals
  • Kings XI Punjab
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore

While the IPL is generally considered as a monumental success, it does come with a few cases of controversy that taint the legacy it has created so far.

International Conflicts

The most obvious case of concern has been voiced by the international cricket bodies. It is in the interest of every nation to keep their best players for their scheduled international matches. Playing for the country must be prioritised as per these cricket federations.

However, for the players it becomes hard to ignore the lavish sums of money that is directed their way by the IPL teams. A chance to earn a few million in some cases over a couple of months seems too good of an opportunity to miss.

As a result, the international community has voiced its concerns time and again over the conflict in schedules and that international players should respect the schedules set by their own cricket federations.

Absence of Pakistani Players

As much as we would like to see the likes of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Babar Azam into the IPL, the reality is that the relations between India and Pakistan is severally fractured.

The Mumbai attacks in 2008 have done no favours to improve conditions between the two countries and while some Pakistani cricketers such as Shoaib Akhtar have featured in the inaugural season of IPL, post 2009 no players from Pakistan have been allowed to play in the IPL.

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While I fully respect the decision of our government and cricket board regarding the ban, I do wish for better relations between the two neighbouring countries.

It would be a treat to watch Pakistani and Indian players playing in the same team.

Fall of Lalit Modi

You may recall at the beginning of this page, I had mentioned about Lalit Modi being instrumental in turning IPL into a reality. However, the same Modi has now been ousted from the tournament that he helped to create and has been banned for life from all cricketing ventures.

Modi for the lack of a better word was found guilty of serious misconduct and indiscipline. As per the charges, the former vice president of BCCI was in involved in financial and administrative irregularities in IPL and can no longer take part in the running of the mega event.

Tuskers and Warriors Leave the IPL

While the Kochi Tuskers and Pune Warriors were added to the IPL, both failed to sustain themselves beyond the year and were consequently removed from the tournament.

IPL Royalty Found Guilty

In an effort to rid the IPL of corruption, both Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings were found guilty and were banned for two years. Some top ranking officials of the BCCI also faced the axe as the anti-corruption drive turned up the dial to clean cricket in India once and for all.

Spot Fixing

Despite efforts made to clean cricket in India, a sting operation was conducted by the Indian news channel India TV. The operation was successful as it convinced a few IPL players to undertake spot fixing further damaging the credibility of the brand.

Three players from Rajasthan Royals were arrested by the Delhi Police for spot fixing and were later banned for life. The three players that were handed life bans were Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila.

In the same year another scandal broke out which revealed that some teams were paying their players under the table. IPL has since put measures in place to combat this including moving from fixed salary for the domestic players. The domestic players are now paid in accordance to the same system used for the foreign players via the auction.

IPL BRAND VALUE AND SPONSORS

IPL has tremendous brand value and ranks sixth among sports leagues. It was the first sporting event in history to be broadcast live on YouTube in 2010. With such milestones being reached in such a short amount of time, it comes as no surprise that the brand was valued at $3.2 billion in 2014. As per the BCCI, the tournament contributed a whopping $182 million to the Indian economy. 

Brands are therefore more than eager to associate themselves with IPL. In its inaugural season, DLF Indian’s biggest real estate company, paid Rs. 200 Crores to own the title rights for the first five years of the tournament.

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During this time, IPL was hit with the match fixing scandals I have mentioned earlier and as a result DLF chose not to renew their contract.

As the contract with DLF was coming to a close, BCCI issued a new tender increasing the base price to ₹300 Crores. Eventually PepsiCo stepped in and paid Rs 396.8 Crores to obtain the rights for the next five years (2013 – 2017) outbidding Airtel who themselves had put in a bid of ₹316 crores.

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Once again, spot fixing reared its ugly head and PepsiCo cancelled their contract, pulling out from the five-year deal in 2015. Since then, mobile company Vivo has taken control of the IPL rights with the tournament now rebranded to the Vivo Indian Premier League.

Other sponsorship partners include Star India and Tata Motors. Star India have been successful in acquiring the rights for five years (2017 – 2022) with a bid of $2.55 billion beating out both Facebook and Sony.

At this price, a single IPL match costs Star India $8.5 million which is close to the price paid for an English Premier League match at $13.5 million.

IPL 2020 CORONAVIRUS

At the time of writing this, India is experiencing a lock down that is meant to last till the end of June. The most obvious implication has been the postponement of IPL 2020.

Suggestions of delaying the event for a further 12 months have been making the news as BCCI waits for further information from the government regarding the lock down measures. 

What is evident is that a truncated version of the tournament will not take place. Prime minister Narendra Modi has made it clear that lock down measures need to be respected by every state in India regardless of their size and the impact they have on the overall Indian economy. 

International cricketers themselves are painting a bleak picture for IPL 2020 with Australian batsman Steve Smith conceding that it was “not looking likely” that the tournament would go ahead as planned.

David Warner seems more upbeat and is even willing to defy the travel ban set by the Australian government to take part in the event. Warner’s agent James Erskine while talking to The Age in Australia had the following to say “If the IPL is on, David Warner’s planning on going”

While statements like these might seem irresponsible, the fact is that there is a lot of money involved in each IPL. Former managing director of India and ex-CEO of the Deccan Chargers, Tim Wright believes that calling off the tournament could cost BCCI in upwards of £500 million!

Despite being one of the wealthiest cricket boards, that amount is fairly substantial and will likely have a ripple effect on players in the future. 

IPL FAQs

Is there an official IPL app?

Yes. There is an official IPL mobile app that can be downloaded for both IOS and Android devices. I would also recommend downloading the Hotstar app for streaming IPL matches. If you are looking for a cricket betting app, then I would recommend downloading the Betway app.

What is the best betting site for IPL?

The sites listed on CBW are good for placing bets on IPL. However, I would always recommend that you create accounts on multiple cricket betting sites to take advantage of the best odds.

Is IPL Betting legal in India?

Yes. It is perfectly legal to place bets on cricket betting sites located outside of India.

Where can I watch the IPL?

You have two options. You can either watch the matches live on Star Sports provided you have paid for their subscription. Alternatively, you can create an account on Hotstar and watch the matches there.

Who is the first winner of the IPL Trophy?

Rajasthan Royals were the inaugural winners of Indian Premier League in 2008. 

Who has a highest Individual Score in the IPL?

Chris Gayle scored 175 runs off just 66 deliveries against Pune Warriors in 2013.

Who has won the most Man of the Match awards?

Chris Gayle has won six man of the match awards.

Can Players from Pakistan take part in the IPL?

No. As of 2009, no players from Pakistan are allowed to take part in IPL.

What is a super over?

A super over comes into play when both teams have scored the same amount of runs at the end of the match. Each team is then required to bat out six balls with two wickets each. The team that scores the most amount of runs in the super over wins the game.

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