IPL Provides Perfect Opportunity for ‘Betting’ and ‘Fixing’, Says Ian Botham


The legendary cricketer from England, Ian Botham, has favoured to ban IPL, saying that this version of T20 is too powerful for cricket’s “long-term good”.

Botham said in Lords last nignt, “I’m worried about the IPL – in fact, I feel it shouldn’t be there at all as it is changing the priorities of world cricket. Players are slaves to it. Administrators bow to it”.

He questioned, “How on Earth did the IPL own the best players in the world for two months a year and not pay a penny to the boards that brought these players into the game?”

“I know this has been modified to a degree, but it is still an imbalance. The IPL is too powerful for the long-term good of the game”, added the 58-year-old former England captain.

He also raised corruption issue, saying, “Corruption is enough of a problem in itself, but the IPL compounds that problem given it provides the perfect opportunity for betting and therefore fixing”.

Medaram Jathara

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