India – Sri Lanka ties fall apart over IPL

According to news reports from the Press Trust of India the BCCI has decided to ‘put a hold’ on future tours involving the two nations. The decision apparently stems from what Lalit Modi and Niranjan Shah deem as ‘damaging statements’ made by SLC officials towards the IPL and Arjuna Ranatunga’s ‘attitude’ towards the IPL.

Miffed at the "hostile" statements from Sri Lanka Cricket officials against Indian Premier League, the BCCI has decided to put on hold India’s all future bilateral series against Sri Lanka. – PTI

"Mr Modi and Mr (Niranjan) Shah were very puzzled and shocked at the attitude of Sri Lankan cricket towards the BCCI and had serious concerns with regards to some of the press statements which had been released by some SLC officials," – PTI

It has now come to a state where one cannot express any dislike towards the Indian cricket board or it’s IPL tournament without serious repercussions. This is not the first time India has threatened to boycott or call off tours if it did not get it’s way.

Earlier this year the BCCI threatened to call off it’s on going tour in Australia if Harbhajan Singh was found guilty of racially abusing Andrew Symonds.

Click here to read The Sydney Morning Herald’s piece titled ‘Cricket’s Day of Shame’.

WORLD cricket authorities have caved in to the game’s financial superpower, India, and Cricket Australia has incurred the wrath of its own Test players by pressuring them to drop a racial slur charge against Harbhajan Singh.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India had even chartered a plane to take its players home tomorrow if the Indian player’s three-Test suspension – for calling Australia’s Andrew Symonds a monkey during the Sydney Test – had not been overturned at yesterday’s appeal in the Federal Court in Adelaide.

Cricket Australia was anxious to have the charge dropped because it feared its board would be sued for a figure understood to be about $60 million if India quit the tour. – SMH

It could be argued that as chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Ranatunga was duty bound to agree upon and sign the deal with the ECB. With SLC running on it’s bank over draft it would have been ridiculous for Ranatunga to turn down such an offer for the IPL tournament. The player’s representation in the IPL did not benefit Sri Lankan Cricket or it’s governing authority financially.

I previously mentioned that the IPL’s stance was one of International Cricket first and IPL second. This reaction from the BCCI and the IPL has put an end to that perspective. Ranatunga’s comments may have been detrimental to the image of the IPL and BCCI but the actions of the BCCI’s hierarchy has caused damage to more than just their image.

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