Bangalore:The instinct would be to call this a bleak day for Indian cricket but the optimist would find compelling evidence that in the chaos of the IPL lies the BCCI's best opportunity to fashion a world-class league. If only there were equally compelling signs that the board is actually engaged in that process.
On the face of it, Sunday's decision by the BCCI to summarily end the participation of two franchises in the IPL is a long-overdue step towards cleaning up the IPL. Both franchises have been under a cloud of late, with the Indian government, among others, over issues of ownership and accounting. The links between Lalit Modi, the former IPL chairman, and Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab are well documented; Modi himself has not denied these links, merely pointing out that the facts were known to the BCCI from the start.