IPL is not just pure cricket. It is more than that. Glamour, colorful extravaganza, money spinning and much more surrounds IPL that in a way sidelines cricket. Ever since its inception in 2008, every season of IPL has brought one or the other controversies that made more headlines than the cricket news. In one way or the other these very controversies also helped IPL raise its profits. Here are few controversies that IPL has seen over a period of 9 seasons that have been played till date:
- Shah Rukh Khan being banned from Wankhede Stadium
The Mumbai Cricket Association banned the owner of Kolkatta Knight Riders, Shah Rukh Khan from entering Wankhede Stadium for 5 years after he got into a brawl with its security guards. SRK was alleged to be drunk and accused of misbehaving in the stands. This incident took place in 2012 when KKR beat MI. According to SRK, he was there to pick up his kids when he saw those guards manhandle his kids and their fans. Thus he intervened. However, SRK was not seen at Wankhede from next season.
- The Slap-Gate Incident
The first season of IPL in 2008 saw Harbhajan Singh slapping fast bowler Sreesanthwithout any provocation at the end of the match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. Though Sreesanth is believed to have said something offensive, post this incident, Harbhajan was banned for the rest of the season and also his entire match fees were taken as a fine. Lalchand Rajput, who was the coach of Mumbai Indians was fined 50% of his match fees for not stopping Harbhajan.
- Expulsion of Lalit Modi
Lalit Modi who is basically the brain behind IPL was expelled after a special committee that was formed by BCCI found him guilty of financial wrongdoings, misconduct,fraud and funds mismanagement. He currently lives in London and has been banned from holding any cricketing position.
- Ravindra Jadeja Banned For One Year
In 2010, RavindraJadeja, who now holds a good position as an all-rounder in Indian Team was banned for one year after he was found trying to make a more profitable deal with another franchise while he was signed by Rajasthan Royals. He was then signed by Kochi Tuskers Kerala for the next season.
- Ban on Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings for 2 years
A match-fixing scandal in 2013 led to very high-leveled investigations that were undertaken by BCCI’s anti-corruption unit. It was found that GurunathMeiyappan and Raj Kundra were betting on matches that involved Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals respectively. Meiyappan was arrested for his offence while Raj Kundra admitted to his charged but said that since he is from UK, he did not know that betting was illegal in India. The two teams were eventually banned for 2 years in 2015and will be back in 2018.
- Sourav Ganguly Dumped From KKR
SouravGanguly who was the captain of KKR for first three seasons was shown doors from the team after he reportedly increased his base fees from $200,000 to $400,000. He was later on included in Pune Warriors but he did not have the same effect as he did in KKR.