There are extensive news reports in Bharat (aka India) which inform us that the IPL decision to dump all Pakistani players was instigated by Shiv Shena which had earlier banned the Pakistani team from playing in Mumbai. This week they forced the IPL not to choose any Pakistani players, even though IPL billboards had advertised the pictures of Pakistani players–most specifically the visage of Afridi was very prominent. Cricket is not safe with the IPL: Indian Express.
NEW DELHI: Shiv Sena has threatened that it would not allow Australian cricketers to play in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). Shiv Sena won’t allow Australian to play IPL. Updated at: 2340 PST, Saturday, January 23, 2010
When the IPL first started, we wrote the following in the article titled “Please don’t call it cricket”. http://www.zimbio.com/Cricket/articles/993/Don+t+call+it+cricket
Antonio Gaudy’s born in Catolina Spain in 1852 redefined the meaning of trash. After five years of work, he was awarded the title of architect in 1878. As he signed the title, Elies Rogent declared, “Qui sap si hem donat el diploma a un boig o a un geni: el temps ens ho dirà” (”Who knows if we have given this diploma to a nut or to a genius. Time will tell.”). His paintings and architecture in Spain was so outlandish, it added a term to the English language. Anything really nasty, cheap, garish is now called gaudy. We don;t have to wait centuries to label the todays events.
There is a vulgar Hate-Ashbury lovefest spectacle going on Mumbai–complete with drugs, dancing, music love lorn Indians and prostitutes. It is not a family affair and it is surely not sports. It is a crass circus. Where are the tigers and giraffes? Cows outside foot the bill. Call it a gaudy carnival, call it a lewd fair, call it a Bollywood affair, boorish and cheap as always–but don’t call it cricket. The ICC should pass a resolution and stop the sponsorship of this monstrosity put on by the IPL.
This new nasty IPL carnival uncultured tawdry garish meretricious display or pornographic cleavage and crotch shots redefines “Gaudy”. Even Antonia Gaudy would be appalled. What is the IPL going to do to top this nonsense? Hold the event in Khamb and combine it with the event which has 60 million naked Indian men.
From now on “gaudy” will be defined as “IPL”. Perhaps IPL will be used to define nasty, cheap and Indian.
Conservative Indians are appalled. The extreme Hindus are up in arms–literally. Englishmen are turning in their graves. The “gentelman’s game” has been morphed into a “Roller blade derby” complete with cheerleaders, song and dance. In typical tasteless Indian style, they have taken a sport and transformed it into an uncouth version of the game that used to have finesse, style and prestige.
One participant obviously drunk said “we have been here three days, and not seen one ball being thrown”.
According to Indian media reports, party chief Bal Thackeray warned that his party would not permit Australian cricketers to play the IPL.
“We shall not allow the Australian team to play in IPL till the attacks on Indians in their land are stopped,” he said.
Meanwhile, IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi said players were receiving threats, however, strict security measures will be taken during the event.
Now there are news reports that the Shiv Sena has banned the Australians and will not allow Australian players from playing in the IPL. Does this mean the end of the IPL?