With the Indian Premier league (IPL) 2011 season in the offing, the tournament organizers in India think that India’s title of World Championship will go a long way to enhance the IPL's image and relevance. The IPL, reeling after legal and managerial disputes,
has gotten a sudden boost.
Having beaten the four times World Champion, Australia, and their arch rivals, Pakistan, in quarters and Semis respectively, India managed to beat Sri Lanka in the final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup on April 2 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Indians consider
it to be the biggest achievement of their cricket history and the entire country is resplendent with celebrations.
Since its inception in 2008, the IPL has been criticised for its inept composition or charges of corruption, money-laundering , tax evasion and alleged links with the underworld. IPL founder Lalit Modi was convicted and forced out of the tournament last
year. Some of the IPL franchises have the players and others have found involved in money-laundering practices.
One of the most damaging allegations against it is that the IPL has secret connections with India’s notorious underworld mafia that is engaged in illegal gambling and betting. As most of the event organisers come from Bollywood and the corporate industry,
these allegations have an air of authenticity.
IPL Chief Executive Sundar Raman says, “the success of the Indian team in the World Cup has made IPL more interesting and the tournament will carry on from where the World Cup ended”.
Starting the IPL right after the World Cup is to strike the iron when it is hot. With the cricket peak in India and the world media still there the IPL has a golden chance to regain its lost popularity.
The fourth edition of the IPL T20 tournament comprises 10 teams and spans over 51 days and 74 matches. The tournament will be played on 13 venues. The purchased players from around the globe have started gathering in India and already practising in the nets.
After the successful completion of the ICC World Cup, the cricket ball will keep rolling on the Indian grounds for two more months. Tournament is scheduled to start on April 8.