Ranking the IPL's 5 Most Shocking Moments
The Indian Premier League has been riddled with controversies and showered in drama since its inception in 2008. Bleacher Report has collected and ranked the most shocking moments so far.
The qualification for something being shocking is the breadth and scale of the issue as well as the surprising nature of its arrival.
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Flintoff Auction Scandal
Lalit Modi, the former IPL commissioner, told CNN-IBN (h/t Cricinfo) in 2012 that the 2009 auction sale of Andrew Flintoff was rigged.
Modi revealed in an interview with the Indian news channel that he was forced into rigging it so that Flintoff was sold to the Chennai Super Kings franchise. This news was the first evidence of the uneven playing field that the IPL auction has become thanks to disproportionate influence and wealth of some team owners.
The Termination of the Kochi Franchise
The first major alarm for the league's sustainability was the termination of the Kochi Tuskers Kerala franchise in 2011 following a breach of its contract triggered by the failure of the franchise to furnish a new bank guarantee.
The Opening Night
No one knew whether the IPL would be a success when it began, but after the first night, few people held doubts.
Kolkata Knight Riders obliterated the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and a world-record 158 not out from Brendon McCullum blew the tournament into the view of the world.
Spot Fixing and the Aftermath
The second-most shocking IPL moment occurred this year, when the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players on suspicion of spot-fixing opened Pandora's Box.
Police investigations and inquiries into the league dramatically uncovered that Gurunath Meiyappan, widely believed to be the Chennai Super Kings team principal, had been betting on matches involving his team.
This news spawned all manner of stories about the involvement of players, coaches and administrations in widespread illegal betting, fixing and criminality—most of which was of course unfounded.
However, team owner N. Srinivasan now finds himself in front of Justice Mukul Mudgal in connection to the arrest of his son-in-law.
Srinivasan claims he knew nothing of the betting, and has gone as far as to deny Gurunath was the team principal, per The Hindu.
Lalit Modi Ousted from Power
The influence of Lalit Modi on the Indian Premier League and cricket cannot be overstated—his vision and entrepreneurial spirit were crucial in founding the league.
The grandest and most dramatic shocking moment of them all was the one that displayed the machinations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India the most clearly, the aftermath of which continues to rumble on today.
This was of course the sacking of the founder and architect of the IPL, Modi, just minutes before the 2010 opening ceremony. He was sacked for alleged misappropriation of funds and years later banned from cricket administration by the BCCI dominated by Modi’s archrival N. Srinivasan.
Modi continues to fight on in the cricketing wilderness and hopes to return to India and the administration soon. Few doubt the league's progress has been slowed by his absence.
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