IPL 'is a big scam'

2010-04-19 14:20

New Delhi - Indian authorities on Monday said thorough probes had been ordered on the source and use of funds by the franchisees of the lucrative Indian Premier League and that no one guilty will be spared.

Federal finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said the government was investigating "all aspects" of the IPL to unearth possible tax evasions and flouting of rules, a day after junior foreign minister Shashi Tharoor resigned over allegations of corruption in the winning bid of a new franchise in the cricket league.

"In fact, the concerned department has already started the investigation process," Mukherjee told the parliament.

"I can assure all honourable members that all aspects of IPL including its sources of funding and how these funds were routed and invested would be looked into. No guilty or wrong-doers will be spared".

Over the past few days, the Indian parliament has been rocked by allegations - from across the political spectrum - that the IPL was a hotbed of match-fixing and financial manipulation.

Political leaders insisted that the government can take control over of cricket in India. India's apex governing body for cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is a private club consortium.

Parallel probes by government agencies, including the income tax department and wings of the finance ministry were ongoing, the IANS news agency reported.

"Parallel investigations will now be made by four of our agencies. This will be coordinated by the Central Economic Intelligence Bureau," a senior official in the finance ministry told the IANS.

Corporate Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid also hinted at independent investigations by regulators attached with his ministry.

Income tax officials had already visited IPL offices in Mumbai and questioned its commissioner Lalit Modi.

Media reports said the Income Tax department had sent notices to the BCCI on the ownership structures of 10 franchisee teams as well as their revenue, expenditure and transactions.

Tharoor was forced to resign after opposition parties alleged that Sunanda Pushkar, a Dubai-based businesswoman, close to the minister was granted a free stake in a new team from his home state Kerala.

Tharoor denied any wrongdoing but the matter snowballed into a major controversy.

"Tharoor is out. IPL is a big scam. This petty IPL game should be handed over to the Indian sports ministry," said Laloo Prasad Yadav, leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal party.

"IPL is glorified gambling with black money. The government should look into the system as it is a matter of serious concern," Overseas Indian affairs minister Vayalar Ravi said.

"IPL has become a hub of match-fixing and should no longer continue," Sharad Yadav another politician said in the parliament.

The IPL with cricket in the shortened Twenty20 format is hugely popular in India as well as the rest of the cricketing world and reportedly has a brand value of 4.13 billion dollars.


  • like nooit hey - 2010-04-19 14:32

    bit of a nowhere article innit? so what exactly are you saying....

  • gunner - 2010-04-19 14:53

    oopd lalit!!

  • aa - 2010-04-19 14:58

    There has to be some corruption involved with the IPL, just look at the obscene sums of money involved. Its not about the cricket anymore, it revolves around the money and entertainment. Betting in Indian sports is also very rife and a big industry. Betting + match fixing = Corruption?

  • Jawol - 2010-04-19 15:02

    I wonder how many matches are fixed. These indian bookies are in with it.

  • Not Surprised - 2010-04-19 15:06

    Match fixing and corruption in the INDIAN Premier League? No, never!!!!!!!

  • ray - 2010-04-19 15:08

    Good luck to the Indians who seem to love this "bang" & "wallop" sort of game. I can't get overly warm to the IPL format of the game because of a total mixture of cricketers in each team - one cannot select a favorite. When the SA squad play in tests I support them, when Man. United play soccer I support United. If the IPL had a team of South Africans I would be a lot more interested in watching. Although I do prefer the fifty overs and five day formats of cricket.

  • michael - 2010-04-19 15:09

    Just like in South Africa - if you haven't got something than no one can have it. Sharad Yadav sounds like our communists!!

  • Jacques - 2010-04-19 15:19

    Blah, Blah, Blah, who cares?

  • charles - 2010-04-19 15:19

    l don't know whether they are clean or not,but l know there are big vultures,flying around waiting for the kill.

  • Moby - 2010-04-19 15:32

    IPL is one of the hottest products around! Ethics though in India is a different story than here in SA.

  • Jack - 2010-04-19 15:49

    I don't believe these allegations. Cricket is a gentleman's game. Cricketers would never even think of fixing a match.

  • Guy - 2010-04-19 15:51

    I agree with Ray. it's "Indian" Premier League in name only. I love all forms of the game, Pro20 included, but the IPL teams aren't together long enough for me to form an affinity with any of them. The only people who really care who wins or loses are those that have money at stake, either from gambling or from prize money. IPL is just a "get rich quick" scheme for those involved. On the other hand, it's a great money bonus for our SA cricketers. If someone paid me a million dollars to play a cricket series, I'd also do it too. And I'd also "obey orders". I wouldn't care who wins or loses, as long as I got paid.

  • Julius - 2010-04-19 15:52

    YOH, imagine what a field day Hansie would have had was the IPL around in his hayday. He would have cleaned them out.

  • JK - 2010-04-19 15:57

    Ask Herschel ......

  • @Ray - 2010-04-19 15:58

    WTH are you saying? You dont make any sense. Like Man U dont have a mixture of players? Like people have said, where theres betting theres match fixing... in all sports. I hope the IPL survives this.

  • flaker - 2010-04-19 16:01

    Hansie is no more. bookies have been booked. so whats the deal..................?

  • HVR - 2010-04-19 16:01

    What are they upset about? Isn't match fixing a requirement in all Indian games? I

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  • jannie - 2010-04-19 16:22

    yawn........Exiting cricket in any case!

  • Nick Armstrong - 2010-04-19 16:51

    It's all rubbish. The entire IPL is rubbish - never mind the match-fixing et al - it serves only the players' pockets interest - and has nothing - nothing - to do with SA cricket. There is nothing for us (the rest of the cricketing world outside of India) to passionately support - it's not as if the Proteas or our provincial franchises are playing. India is already too powerful in its influence of world cricket's direction. Remember they initially weren't even going play the two Test series against the Proteas recently - and what a fabulous, enthralling, series that turned out to be! Test cricket is true cricket - supported by ODI's and T20 - let no-one forget that. If cricket gets too greedy with an 'over-supply' or glut of T20 cricket - it will very quickly lose its lustre - and become very boring. And with it - the financial 'golden goose' that T20 currently is, will wane... World cricket is not just about Indian TV audiences - and the sooner the rest of the cricketing world wakes up and takes cognisance of that fact - the better. Or maybe it's a good thing - let the greedy IPL 'drown' world cricket's interest in T20 cricket - and as the game then faces a crisis - let those in power then "return to basics" - re-appreciate that which has sustained cricket and all its fabulous nuances since day one in the 19th Century - Test cricket. Question: who in SA actually cares about the IPL?? There's a Poll question for News24. I, for one, am looking forward to our Test series vs the Windies coming up - and then the Ashes Tests in Australia at the end of the year. Now - that is cricket worth watching! :)

  • Corry @ Nick armstrong - 2010-04-19 17:49

    Uhhmmm, Nick, dude! More people watch cricket in India (i.e. more than 1 billion) than the rest of the world combined. In a democracy as cricket purports to be it means that India DO control world cricket. Personally I think T20 is crap and not cricket but the sad reality is the world has changed and people don't have the time nor the inclination to watch test cricket anymore. We can diss the Yanks all we want but they changed their sports to be quick play and results type games which is why US sports are the fastest growing in the world. Again, I detest baseball and basketball, gridiron sucks but the money those sports generate don't lie.

  • Rob HAYNE - 2010-04-19 18:40

    The best way to deal with match fixing is simply to legalise it. Any punter who then bets on a particular outcome does so no different to that within a casino environment where the odds are not purely about skill. Call it casino cricket.

  • Googly - 2010-04-19 19:26

    The IPL involved with match fixing ?? Corruption in Indian cricket and all?? Impossible !!!

  • Koos - 2010-04-20 07:23

    Are u sure Malema did'nt start the IPL?

  • Navarac - 2010-04-20 08:00

    @Julius Another Julius Jerk! Your comment was a cheap shot! There is a huge difference between organised crime and a honourable man who made a mistake - and repented.

  • Nooit my ou. - 2010-04-20 08:02

    IPL crooked ? Never !! ( I also believe in Santa Claus and The Toothfairy )

  • Sam - 2010-04-20 08:52

    Understand Indian politics. Normally when a crime is unearthed an investigation is launched. In this case a government beleagured is not wasting time to divert attention away from its own woes. They are creating a problem where none exists to divert attention away from themeselves. The Congress government is a bunch of crooks.

  • SRK - 2010-04-20 12:08

    If the IPL was fixed then I am afraid to say that Shah Rukh's team would have at least have won one of the 3 IPL tournaments so far cos he has the most money compared to the 7 other teams. They got rid of the one guy who started the shit so let it be. I just love the IPL for all the exciting games and different races playing together - no political influence whatsoever. So cricket fans let those BIG boys worry about matchfixing etc just as long as the IPL goes on forever and keeps growing with more teams joining in. Why must the English only have their own league?

  • niels - 2010-04-20 13:34

    @navarac I am with Julius here. Hansie was a crook and he never actually repented. He confessed what he did and found christianity late in the proceedings. Prior to that, he blamed the devil. Not quite the same as repenting.

  • mark - 2010-04-26 14:00

    Ask gibbs he will give all the answers

  • cedric lakey - 2010-04-27 01:57

    Its unfortunate that there will be corruption in sport however with the state of cricket a more exciting version had to be produced and theres no better exilheration than the T20 format

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