x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Count the cost of IPL cap

Illegal payments and inducements for indian players are a cause for concern.

Kings XI Punjab's Shalabh Srivastava is one of the five players suspended.
Kings XI Punjab's Shalabh Srivastava is one of the five players suspended.

Once India television's sting operation entered the public domain, the five players involved would have known that their cards were marked.

The methods employed could be considered entrapment and there are ethical questions to answer.

What many have not realised is that the spot-fixing spoken about on camera related to games played in a minor league rather than the IPL. The bigger issue, and one the IPL has refused to address - the illegal payments and inducements to uncapped Indian players.

The salary cap that was meant to protect them from the perils of the big time has instead led to massive under-the-table payments.

Last year, when a player with ambitions of representing India left his home team, his franchise set him up with an apartment and sports car. When he wrecked that, he got another. Such things are not supposed to happen, but take place across the board.

Such a cap is not supported by logic either. There are several cricketers that barely deserved the one or two games that they got. Those entitled them to be part of the auction and rake in big money. A talented individual who has yet to represent India knows that he cannot hope to earn more than 3 million Indian rupees (Dh202,292) a year from the IPL. With unscrupulous agents, it is all too easy to pick on the disgruntled.

Shalabh Srivastava, one of the five now suspended, was part of the same Under 19 World Cup-winning squad as Yuvraj Singh. His fall is a grim reminder that what most young cricketers need is the right mentoring. Without that, the next spot-fix is just a ball away.


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