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Will Covid York IPL 2020? BCCI's Billion Dollar Baby Threatens To Realign World Cricket's Powerplay

At a time when most cricket Boards like England and Australia are reeling under economic stress, India may use its financial muscle to influence the way cricket is scheduled post-COVID-19 and ICC will not be amused

Will Covid York IPL 2020? BCCI's Billion Dollar Baby Threatens To Realign World Cricket's Powerplay
Will Covid York IPL 2020? BCCI's Billion Dollar Baby Threatens To Realign World Cricket's Powerplay Photographs by BCCI

Whoever  once said emphatically that “It’s just not cricket”, a big shout-out for speaking too soon. She had not even seen the Indian Premier League (IPL), that crazy crossover between Mad Max and Terminator, with the glamour and lucre of a Las Vegas casino thrown in. The gentleman’s game invented by the stiff upper-lipped British to be played between lunch and afternoon tea is…well, no longer the pastime of lazy afternoons in the English countrywide. Cricket is now a board game, played as much by corporate honchos in pinstripe suits in five-star hotels as much by tattooed gladiators with rippling muscles and hairdos in front of delirious spectators in modern-day Roman amphitheaters. Even Kerry Packer’s revolutionary day-night cricket league that introduced coloured clothing looks like kid’s play now. Yes, IPL is no cricket. But fans say it’s even better. Those who run the league say everyone’s a winner. And no one seem to have enough of this money-minting, glamour-fuelled event that defies cricket’s very grammar and language.

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