I know next to nothing about the IPL. Through three editions, I've probably seen a total of about half an hour of TV coverage of IPL matches, and that because I've been in a shop or somewhere else that has a TV on, showing a match.
Part of the reason for all this is that I have no TV.
Part is that the IPL's attitude towards the ICL always struck me as perverse and indefensible. When it arm-twisted cricket boards around the world into "banning" players who signed with the ICL, it lost me forever. (One of several posts I've had expressing my feelings about this: Me saint, you rebel). Yet this "banning" somehow never interfered with the notion some had, that the IPL was the coming of the free market to cricket.
Part is the attitude of the IPL's Grand Vizier, Lalit Modi. There's a smugness in his remarks that leaves me glad that I have never met the man, let alone deal with him. Besides, it amazes me that the glitz of the IPL seems enough to stifle any questions about the time he was charged with drug trafficking, assault inflicting serious injury and conspiracy to kidnap. Enough said.
And now the IPL has claimed a minister: Shashi Tharoor. Everything about the affair is too fresh and well-known for me to need to run through it all. But I think Tharoor brought to Indian politics a taste of openness and frankness that it has not had in living memory.
It dismays me that we have lost that. But it dismays me more that we lost it on account of what the Economic Times called an "unholy mix of cricket, money and corruption".