It's all about the IPL

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The IPL. And Sri Lanka.

In 5 short years the IPL has managed to polarize the whole fan base of Sri Lankan cricket.

We have the anti-IPL brigade who are willing to perpetuate, blindly at times, what a curse the IPL has been and how it has corroded the Sri Lankan players moral compass and sold themselves to the dollar bill.

Then there are the ones that are sympathetic to the players cause and their right to earn their keep while at the prime of their sporting being.

Then there are ones who prefer to watch Kate Upton’s profoundly magnificent lady bits bounce up and down on a Sports Illustrated video. Was that too cryptic? We mean to say they don’t really care. Couldn’t give a toss.

But the devils greatest trick was to convince us it doesn’t exist.

Rex Clementine and Arjuna Ranatunga have successfully propelled the anti-IPL agenda in the local and international media so much so that fan’s are now fighting each other.

If only the IPL were the actual devil it would be flattered by the disharmony it has caused. But the IPL does not care. The money printing machines keep turning and the dices keep rolling.

Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s player ratings are at an all time low. Fans would rather see players injured than see them play. Some would rather see them have their manhood strapped to high voltage devices to send them a discharge every time they take a wicket or score a run in the IPL.

It’s like watching an online civil war. Sometimes, wars are necessary for progress. But what are we really achieving with this one ?

The IPL and Sri Lankas dependency on it and the BCCI is reality. Sometimes that bastard bites. Deal with it.

There are greater battles to be won within Sri Lanka’s shores before we start trying to bite the hand that feeds. So many holes that need to filled at the SLC. At the roots level and at the domestic level.Shift your anger there. Demand that things are better at home first.

I don’t see Arjuna or Rex passionately fighting for a Provincial first class set up. Where is the uproar about playing 3 day first class cricket when even Zimbabwe plays a 4 day game? What about a single independent review of the board and its governance and structure on where it can be improved? Why not ask Dharmadasa to prove how he has things under control financially and how his 5 year plan is progressing?

Or have Sri Lankan’s become too desensitized to the absurd incompetence of the board to think about hope or change? Or are we just happy to be wrapped up in a pseudo bruhaha because it’s easier?

Don’t let the IPL win.

Damith Samarakoon blogs regularly at www.theflyslip.net. You can listen to his podcast here. Follow him on twitter @theflyslip

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bookCricketer's picture
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Good one Damith. In the case of Rex Clementine - I think he is someone who bashes anyone or anything he does not like.

Sakthivel's picture
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Jealousy at highest level

Damith Samarakoon's picture
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bookcricketer > Cheers. He certainly does not mince his words but he could be using it for good.

Sakthivel > Cheers, I think.

Stormy's picture
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@Damith entertaining read but I cant reconcile your last comment, "dont let the IPL win", to the rest of the article. Much like I am still struggling to access your podcast.

The one point I will comment on is the need for provincial first class format and 4 day cricket. The gap between club cricket and test cricket is simply too wide currently and the standard of club cricket is diluted by the number of clubs. Just look at Australia who have state cricket and club cricket -two very different things.

Damith Samarakoon's picture
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@story,Cheers. The last line is to highlight that we've become so fixated with this IPL debate that we've forgotten what is really hurting SL cricket or that the media and the people who can try to make a difference tends to ignore it; don't let the IPL win.

The gap between club and international level is appaling. The main reason the prov tournament was dropped was because of the politics between clubs. The Clubs stand to lose a lot if they are not the premier attraction. Many in SL care about that than trying to actually be a part of a system. England successfully revamped their FC games with the split county league. And individual counties are able to stand on their own with the help of the ECB initially. You can't be too surprised that we don't produce decent test cricketers when our domestic set up is from the stone age.

re:Podcast - you can't access it meaning you can't play it ?

Stormy's picture
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@Damith ok got it (last line) and totally agreed and yes the IPL is distracting issues for SLC.

Re the Podcast I have two issues (1) I am technically challneged which doesnt help (2) I am in a technically challenged part of the world....but working on this! Wish me well.

Dimithrak's picture
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unfortunately or fortunately its here to stay. I guess the only problem I have with the IPL is India's dominance on the board level with Cricket. The ICC should get more involved in these processes.

Look at all the professional sports bodies around the world, you dont see the EPL telling FIFA how to run things? So this is what I mean..

oh well!

Anonymous's picture

Why the heck you just stick with your own bussiness and own activities and leave the our problems to us only.

Majorityof the articles which i had read here only only is anti-indian and full of jealousy. You poor SL people nor have money nor have sense.

If you want to match the BCCI standards than start your efforts towards it rather than bullying there moves on this sh*t website sitting in your tiny SL village.

Just have some sense and stop being jealous and try to follow Indian steps so that you people may also come above the poverty line.

good day.

Sakthivel's picture
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@ Anonymous : Dear Friend, Just chill mate., Most of SL website are like that, Island cricket is little better than others. When I came here I feel the same. Thing is that they cant match BCCI. Every one knows but I hope it will better by day. Cheers.

(Last edited by Sakthivel on June 29, 2012 - 10:53)
Dasun's picture

@ anonymous and sakthivel- this is srilankan website and there is no business to road sh*tters like you. Infact this site was not control by bcci. We r well above poverty unlike indians who half of country haven't enough foods ,water, even toilets. So better you try to go above from poverty then advice

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