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Cricket-lite

IPL as a Sporting-Entertainment Complex

The Indian Premier League is incidentally about cricket. It is a chance for software engineers to design better analytical software, film stars to seek publicity, players looking for better pay packets, businesses to look for better advertising opportunities, and television channels to improve their ratings—all are stakeholders in the game. 

 

The ideas in this essay owe their development to conversations and discussions with Rohan D’Souza, Gideon Haigh, Bishan Singh Bedi, Nalin Mehta, and participants of the SNU-INDAS Conference held in December 2014.

The Indian Premier League, with its three hours of intensity, has changed the way cricket is played, viewed and consumed; not just in India but globally. Once a quintessentially British game, the IPL seems to have made it a mass spectacle of fevered consumption. 

The IPL has been criticised for being a sort of cricket-lite which diminishes the game, degrading the gentlemans game. However, in spite of all the condemnation, the IPL is now entering its eighth year and each year shows that the event and its popularity have persisted. This persistence, I argue, is because it has transcended cricket as a game to become a veritable sporting-entertainment complex.

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