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Indian cricket fans react to IPL corruption allegations

Cricket fans in India discuss what the corruption allegations against IPL chairman Lalit Modi mean for the game - and their enjoyment of it.


Lalit Singh

When I see these headlines on the BBC about corruption in Indian cricket, it really hurts. I enjoyed watching the final on Sunday, but now it's brought our country into disrepute.

As a proud Indian, I do not want my country dragged into anything like this.

When something becomes a huge success, as IPL is, I think people start to feel they are not accountable to anyone else.

In our country powerful people have a tendency to get away with things, but no-one should be above the law.

Of course I enjoy IPL, but it's more than cricket. It generates lots of job opportunities, so in total it's a good thing.

Cricket in India is above any individual, these administrators can influence a tournament, but not our love of the game.


Sundeep Gupta

I've been a passionate cricket supporter since I was seven and I've attended IPL games in India.

I did wonder how such a commercial enterprise was able to move forward with the speed it did. Tax exemptions, secret bids for players, investment pouring in from sources nobody knew.

Ultimately, cricket itself was a sideshow to the glitz obscuring all else. I'm interested in the game, not the side-shows.

The investigation won't get to the bottom of this, but hopefully it will make IPL improve.

Corruption always benefits somebody. In the IPL's case, it means selling more time to the advertisers, so we see less of the game and more of everything else such as adverts.

This detracts from my enjoyment of the game.


Our team won yesterday, which adds to the pleasure of it all.

I still believe in our cricket icons, but I don't want to be let down again

I think India's passion for cricket will overcome these allegations and the IPL will go on, with or without Modi.

The only thing I am concerned about is match-fixing. Players were caught doing this in 2000, so I think they learned their lesson.

I still believe in our cricketing icons, but I don't want to be let down again.

The allegations are mainly about the business dealings behind the game. When the transactions run into billions, there are bound to be kickbacks. This is not new or surprising.

This investigation won't end the corruption, but after a month it will be covered up anyway. People will soon forget about this and start focusing on the football World Cup instead.


Nisheeth Dubey

I thoroughly enjoy the IPL and I will continue to do so because it doesn't matter to me if Modi goes to jail and someone else runs the show.

As a spectator I want to see the legendary clash of Sachin [Tendulkar] and [Shane] Warne; the game is much bigger than this small issue.

However if the rumour of match-fixing is found to be true, it will certainly affect my interest in the IPL, because all credibility will be lost.

There is corruption everywhere - not just India. I do just hope the players are not involved.

I like the glamour part of the IPL, it adds fun to the game, I don't have any problem with it.


I attended the final yesterday, it was not the result I wanted for Mumbai, but they played well.

There's too much money involved; India is a very poor country

I'm not surprised by these allegations; there was so much money involved, I was sure there would be a scam, but the scale of the allegations came as a surprise.

The real culprits will go free - all Indian history shows this. This investigation is just for show.

The problems won't affect my enjoyment of this season's cricket, but they will for next season. People will lose faith in the system. People are already abusing the tournament and saying it's all fixed.

There's too much money involved. India is a very poor country and when a few people make so much money, there's very little left for the general public.

I don't enjoy the glamour of the IPL, the charm of cricket is cricket itself. The 60,000 people in the stadium yesterday would still have attended - even without the glitz.

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