No major tournament ever functions smoothly, there are always forces that work against the organisers. There are also controversies that threaten the popularity of the event among the spectators and the participants. The Indian Premier League is no stranger to controversy either, as we look at scandals that have involved the cash-rich tournament.
Nation Comes First
The inaugural season of the IPL got off to a rocky start because it coincided with a number of other events and tours. The County Championship and New Zealand’s tour of England were scheduled to kick off around the same timeframe. Prior to the IPL tournament, cricket boards from around the world were requested to sign NOCs (No Objection Certificates). But the England Cricket Board and the various English county clubs refused to sign the NOCs, citing that their players had to fulfil their contracts with their respective clubs and the national team. At the end of the saga, Dimitri Mascarenhas was the sole England player in the maiden IPL season.