There is no bigger scam in India than IPL: Bishan Singh Bedi
He also felt that the players should not be selected in the national team on the basis of IPL performances.
Updated - Nov 19, 2018 5:04 pm
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is by far the mightiest cricketing league in the world. Former and veteran cricketers are quite critical of it since millions of dollars are invested into it and that the selection of the players in the national team is being done on the basis of the lucrative tournament.
The birth of IPL has also given rise to other countries’ cricketing boards to formulate a similar league. Former cricketers believe that revolutionizing and promoting the shortest format of the cricket extensively is contributing to the demise of the longer format. For instance, the Big Bash League in Australia is one reason why their players are struggling to adapt when it comes to playing Test cricket.
Former Indian off-spinner Bishan Singh Bedi has voiced out his opinion and degraded the extravaganza by calling it as a “scam” and that the competition is a means of money laundering. “I don’t want to say anything about IPL. There’s no bigger scam in India than IPL. Nobody here knows where IPL’s money comes and goes.” Bedi was quoted as saying by India Today.
The 72-year old also said, “The second edition of the IPL happened in South Africa and millions of money were taken out of the country without the permission of the Finance Minister.”
IPL must not be considered a cornerstone for selection in the national team
Bedi also stressed that the cash-rich tournament should not be taken as a parameter for selecting players to play in the national team. “IPL should not be the basis of Indian selection, local T20 tournaments should be. A team has players who are paid high and ones who get less money. The lower income player doesn’t have the skills, how does he catch up? The only way he sees is betting.”
The former left-arm spinner further went on to add, “I have a lot of experience in cricket, you can tell what is happening in the match. If we stay blind even while seeing, then it’s our choice.”