Mumbai:The Indian Premier League has directed the firm which launched the controversial SMS game 6UP, that has since been withdrawn following heavy criticism that it encouraged gambling, to address these concerns to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.
"In order to resolve the concerns that the game has raised, IPL has informed IPLAYUP (the firm that launched the game) to resolve the concerns of all stakeholders involved and will be keen to go ahead once the legislative bodies have given the clearance," the IPL said on Wednesday in a statement after confirming that the game has been withdrawn.
"IPLAYUP partnered with IPL to build an interactive and engaging element to TV viewing with the launch of 6UP. The Indian Premier League believes that an interactive and TV viewer engaging element is a great way forward to get the fans closer to the game," the IPL said.
The game, in which fans made ball by ball predictions for cash prizes, evoked strong criticism from Sports Minister M S Gill, who denounced that it amounted to gambling while former India captain and ex-chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar slammed it for lowering the sanctity of cricket.