Indian cricket has never had it so bad. The national cricket team is on the verge of suffering one of its most humiliating defeats, including in the one-day series—only months after it was crowned World Cup champions. And now the Tamil Nadu government led by J. Jayalalithaa has imposed a 25% entertainment tax on the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisee in Chennai; legislation to the effect was approved by the assembly on Wednesday.
IPL may baulk, but it is a clever move that is likely to be emulated by other states that host popular franchisees like the Chennai Super Kings; their popularity will ensure that the club does not flee to friendlier regimes. Not only does it provide cash-strapped Tamil Nadu some extra receipts, it will also help Jayalalithaa score some brownie points with the core base of her political constituency.
A classic case of you have your cake and eat it too.