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  • Will the IPL thrive over time?

    by Rumbold
    24th March, 2009 at 12:47 pm    

    With the Indian Premier League (IPL) now relocating abroad (probably to South Africa) as a result of clashing with the Indian elections, one wonders whether it is viable in the long term. Not because there isn’t an appetite for cricket in India, nor a dislike of the Twenty Twenty format, but because something so artifical really needed more time to put down its roots in India. The whole tournament wasn’t the result of organic growth (local clubs playing one another), rather the imposition of clubs, and players, on particular cities. While the cricket is fast-paced, and plenty will watch it on TV, will the franchises (an ugly word to British sporting ears) ever win over local fans?

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    1. platinum786 — on 24th March, 2009 at 1:03 pm  

      I think it’s the Eufa cup of cricket, as in, you only watch it because it’s on. It only really exists as it generates some money.

      It has no real prestige, no class.

      Thats my opinion on Twenty20 Cricket too.

    2. Jai — on 24th March, 2009 at 1:46 pm  


      Oh dear. All those cheerleaders don’t do anything for you then, mundea ? ;)


    3. platinum786 — on 24th March, 2009 at 1:54 pm  

      We could keep the cheerleaders, they’d make a nice addition to test cricket. ;)

    4. Dave Cole — on 24th March, 2009 at 2:21 pm  

      I’d be quite happy for the IPL to come to the UK :)

      I’m sure that they’ll arrange the following season to avoid any elections (or vice versa).


    5. Ottayan — on 24th March, 2009 at 2:32 pm  

      IPL despite its fast track birth has already captured the mind of Indian fans, so much so there are franchisees having their own junior teams.

    6. justforfun — on 24th March, 2009 at 2:36 pm  

      Chennai Super Kings - we were so close the last time.

      Now thats a proper name - a man’s cigarette.

      Not some poncy gay condom brand like Kings XI Punjab. “XI” - is that meant to be the size?

      Or a little money on the Deccan Chargers - outsiders but on the up.


    7. fug — on 24th March, 2009 at 3:30 pm  

      corporate cricket will always win out over childhood shalwar kameez clad tomfoolery. whats the suprise?

      would be interesting to know how indigenous games of south asia may be promoted in light of this move to south africa, which doesnt even make capitalistic sense.

      after all, despite being fun and kinda disciplined, cricketis one of those colonial origined sports and is essentially eurocentric in nature, despite being enjoyable.

      The forces of capitalism (batsmen) fighting it out against the socialists (bowlers and fielders) battle until there are no cabinet members left.

      and when the black man has the killer policy to banish capitalism from dominance, The Man imposes a one bouncer per over rule comes out to mitigate that ingenuity.

      when the brown man renders explicit that unspoken, forbidden tacit knowledge of ball conditioning, The Man cries foul and makes him pariah.

    8. shariq — on 24th March, 2009 at 4:56 pm  

      I think the IPL will thrive over the long term. Especially as players stay with the same franchise over a number of years and become associated with them.

      Also, I think the IPL returning to India next year will give it a boost for local fans as they’ll probably appreciate going to the matches even more after having missed it for a year.

      Ultimately, they had to move it to S.Africa because they needed to keep the tv people happy without compromising security. They’ll make some losses, but not as much as not staging it at all.

    9. Rumbold — on 24th March, 2009 at 8:14 pm  


      But maybe the local fans will be so disgusted by it that they won’t turn up next year.

    10. qidniz — on 24th March, 2009 at 8:36 pm  

      Twenty20 is the baseballization of cricket: a form of the game that fits into an evening’s worth of entertainment — you don’t even need time off from work to go to the ball game, as the Americans say.

      The IPL has pioneered franchise cricket, and shown it to be a success. Now that they’re letting it escape India, there’s some chance it may never return.

    11. Sunny — on 24th March, 2009 at 8:54 pm  

      oi, are you cussing punjabis bar-steward!?

    12. Rumbold — on 24th March, 2009 at 9:03 pm  

      The Punjabis have got the best team song:


    13. shariq — on 24th March, 2009 at 11:28 pm  

      Rumbold, its possible that the fans are disgusted by it but its unlikely. Especially given the success of the Indian team, who for pretty much the first time have a claim to be the test team in the world in all formats, I can only see cricket’s popularity increasing, if that’s possible. Given the IPL is based first and foremost on the Indian stars I don’t see fans turning its back on it.

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