The IPL 2020 was host to some nail-biting action this year. We witnessed Mumbai Indians win their 5th IPL title, defeating Delhi Capitals in the final showdown. There is a reason why the Indian Premier League is the most acclaimed T20 league in the world. It never fails to disappoint when it comes to sheer entertainment and some dazzling T20 action.
Star India, official broadcasters of the IPL, recently announced that the IPL has seen a 23% increase in viewership with IPL 2020. However, despite IPL’s unprecedented prosperity, there are quite a few who have criticized the league. Check a list of 5 cricket veterans who have protested the league despite its success:
Retired Australian cricketer Allan Border is one who is not happy with the concept surrounding IPL. He believes that such leagues have focused on bagging money, instead of focusing on real cricket. He has clearly voiced his opinion by stating that the T20 World Cup and the ODI World Cup should always be on top of the priority list.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani is also one of those not impressed with the IPL. Amidst tension between India and Pakistan, Mani believes that Pakistani players should not be a part of the Indian Premier League. India has not visited Pakistan for the past 14 years. Moreover, Pakistan has also not been to India for the past 8 years. Unless and until political relations do not stabilize, bilateral cricket exchanges cannot commence.
Another critic of the IPL is former WI captain Carl Hooper. This is clearly evident by the fact that he seemingly called IPL a threat to other forms of international and domestic cricket. He believes that the only reason spectators view IPL is to see star players perform.
Almost everyone might know how much Ranatunga detests IPL. During the month of April in 2012, he declared IPL as a league manufacturing butchers and not cricketers. Ranatunga has also expressed his dislike for the league, calling it a monster in another of his several outbursts. Due to his hate for the IPL, Ranatunga was removed from the position as the head of Sri Lanka Cricket.
Former Pakistani cricketer and current Pakistan PM have also expressed his distaste for the league on several occasions. His aversion developed when the Pakistani players were not included in the league auction prior to the 26/11 attacks.