Friday, May 31, 2013

Scandals tarnish once-great sport

Scandals tarnish once-great sport

Scandals tarnish once-great sport

The unfolding saga related to the just-concluded IPL tournament (Sreesanth denies any spot-fixing, May 23) is sad for any Indian who loves cricket.

The scandals, accusations and blame games among the investigating authorities, players, team owners and the Board of Control reveal that it is no longer a "gentleman's game".

I strongly feel that this is not a one-off incident. However, the influx of money, the overnight elevation of players to mega stardom and the fanfare associated with the IPL has added fuel to the fire.
In many ways, this could have been foreseen by the authorities and they could have taken appropriate action earlier.

Legends are either born or achieve that status through hard work and a consistent approach to their profession and performance.

However, with the IPL we have seen one-off success going to the head of many young players, with bags full of money thrown at them.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

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