The second round of the Indian Premier League (IPL) may be staged outside India, if reports are anything to go by.
If this happens, it will cast India and IPL as well in poor light. Security concerns led to roadblocks for IPL in many Indian states. Rejections for security came mostly from Congress and United Progressive Alliance-ruled states such as Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Clearly there were political motives in many such decisions. Yes to security for IPL in states such as Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, that are ruled by the National Democratic Alliance, added to such suspicions.
IPL is not immune from such charges. It courted controversy when it decided not to host matches in Rajasthan, where the government was willing to provide security, though IPL commissioner Lalit Modi said the “offer” had riders to it.
But more than anything else, what does one say about IPL as a business model? It should have factored in election- and security-related problems well before they hit the league hard.