On why the IPL should be banned
199 (that's one delivery short of 200 for the mathematically challenged) legitimate balls were all that were needed to wipe out England on the first day of the 4th Ashes Test. And it all boils down to the power hungry IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and his ilk of money grabbing, infinitely arrogant sychophants.
If it were not for the money making soul less machine called the IPL, our dear old boys Freddie and KP would be strutting around the pitch, tonking the bowlers to all parts of the Headingley pitch. Collingwood and Bopara would play more watchfully if they hadn't been throwing their bats around for the Delhi Dare Devils earlier in the year. So what if they never played a single match.
Alas even the umpires have been so blinded by the money thrown around by the IPL that they fail to notice bowlers over stepping, ball hitting the arm guard instead of the bat. And the Aussies who didn't play the IPL (well most of them) reaped the benefits of not doing so.
There was so much class distinction between the haves and the havenots (players playing the IPL v/s players who were not a part of any IPL team) in the England team that team spirit suffered.
Some body cried out "IPL" when Prior was playing football before the match. That led to a worrying injury. With so many players unfit, thanks to the IPL, England still manfully tried to rise up to the task. They played out 79 more balls than a normal T20 game. They should be warmly supported and credited for their nerves of steel.
The BCCI and the IPL have also been responsible for the killings in Iraq and something needs to be done about these two entities, the sooner the better.
This is an excerpt of an Autobiography of a famous ex cricketer which is going to be published soon. We received this copy from his agent who was last seen contacting some Indian news channels.
One was actually thinking that the above excerpt could have been written by the T20 bashers as well if the IPL word is replaced by T20. Headlines would be 'DEATH of Test Cricket'. But more about it later.
Remember you read it here first.