Needed: Code of Conduct for IPL team owners

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Published: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 12:19 [IST]
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IPL: Code of Conduct needed for owners

Bangalore, May 17: These are bad times for the Indian Premier League (IPL). Just two days after the spot-fixing allegations, a team owner has got into trouble and is banned from entering a stadium.

On Wednesday night, Kolkata Knight Riders' owner Shahrukh Khan, reportedly, got into a scuffle with Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials and security personnel at the Wankhede Stadium. This was after KKR had won their game against the Mumbai Indians.

MCA officials were quoted as saying that the Bollywood actor was banned for life from entering the famous Wankhede Stadium, where India won the 2011 World Cup.

This is not the first time a team owner has got into trouble during IPL 5. Earlier, this season, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta got into an argument with match officials over a batsman's dismissal.

Preity, upset by umpire's decision, chargers onto the field and questioned the match officials over that decision. It required Adam Gilchrist to intervene and pull Preity away.

After that incident at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla had asked for a report from the officials concerned. But, we haven't heard anything after that. Is the matter dead and buried?

Can owner's get any with whatever they do? Why is IPL mum on such happenings?

Why was Preity not censured? Why is IPL and BCCI quiet on Shahrukh's misbehaviour at the Wankhede?

There were also reports that Shahrukh was in an “inebriated” state. MCA has taken action as they are the host association of Wankhede Stadium.

BCCI and IPL have to put in place certain code of conduct for franchise owners as well. In one of the earlier editions too, Shahrukh was questioned for sitting in the dugout with KKR players. He was also on the wrong side of the law, smoking in public places.

If Shahrukh is found guilty of misbehaviour at the stadium, BCCI should take strict action, which will keep other owners and their entourage in check at all venues.

After all, IPL is cricket and let us focus only on the players and the games rather than scuffles off the field. Cricketers deserve all the attention and adulation, not the owners.

One can never imagine football club owners taking the spotlight away from the players. Big English Premier League owners or any other club owners quietly watch the action far away from the pitch and make their way out. There, it is only about players and coaches. In India, too much attention is being paid to team owners.

Let the owners work for the success of the team behind the scenes. Let them not get into any altercations with ground personnel. At the end of the day, IPL owners do not own the ground.


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