Cricket at a cost?
-By Swetha Amit
The IPL bidding saga took the breath of millions away by its billions.
Auctions that were usually associated with material things once sadly have been extended up to what is considered more than just a sport for many. Throwing and making money seems to be the motto as the franchisees gleam with every bid of their ‘precious’ players being bought over along with national loyalties. It certainly raises pertinent questions about the ‘premium’ or pride for respective countries.
The sportive essence is being replaced and regarded as a mere property for monetary gains under the pretext of social responsibility. After watching the unicolored team jubilant after a stupendous victory; a multicolored or rather ‘money’ colored group is what will be displayed. The national fervor and flavor is bound to be missed to a large extent much to the dismay of true lovers of this game. Cutting across the unilateral stance and shuffling them in different directions seems like a card game being played. Dispersing them in a cluster sampling mode; is cricket going the football way?
While it may indicate a lump sum amount for many players, the undue pressure to match the exuberant cash flow will indeed soar along with expectations of their owners. It will tend to rob the young and budding players out of their time to focus on their international games and careers. Even before they are nurtured fully to develop and evolve as matured players, such commercialization will end up defocusing and will dissuade them from the true spirit and passion for the sport. Lack of motivation unfortunately will kill their growth potential in its early stage before it blooms into a blossoming talent in making their fans and country shine with pride.
The trend of choosing club over country will spread like wild fire as the players may choose to skip international tournament at a much higher opportunity cost literally. Shifting their entire focus towards these leagues will result in the gradual decline in the excitement with regard to international tours. The power of the cricket boards may come down as franchisees will slowly exhibit their new found authoritative stance by controlling every move of these players, both on and off field. The once upon a time mighty batsmen and bowlers dancing to the tunes of their new control boards will eventually end up being like a puppet show.
Rather than generating such huge amounts into glamour and glitz, it would have been useful to utilize the same for the development of domestic cricket instead. The undue pressures of International cricket have made the seniors prone to injuries. Hence it is important to have a pipeline of players exposed to the pressures of the same and ready to assume the mantle for their country. Proper infrastructure facilities and opportunities could have been provided in the recruitment and training of potential young blood.
There are zillions who aren’t too happy with these takes which has exhibited a large stake in the rich man's world for expected soaring profits. While the saying goes that “everything comes at a cost” ,it is indeed a sign of despair to see cricket too coming at a cost-at a very mediocre one too considering the price it has to pay for its earlier status of a noble ‘gentleman’s game’.
Written for www.msn.co.in
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