New Delhi, May 22: Former Pakistan skipper and Kolkata Knight Riders coach Wasim Akram, has slammed people who are criticising the cash-rich Indian Premier League, saying that they are jealous about the tourney's success and should be ignored.
"It is sad to see people protesting against IPL. These are jealous people and should be ignored. Let's focus on the business end of the championship," Akram said.
He further added saying that success helps in making more enemies as IPL has been a perfect example.
" IPL is great advertisement for pure entertainment," Akram said.
"Only successful people have critics. In our culture, there is a tendency to run down a prosperous venture. Make no mistake, IPL is all about success. Every year it is making a positive statement and attracting the best in the world. We have had packed stadiums in almost every game. That's just great," Akram wrote in his column for the espnstar.com.
IPL 5 has witnessed more controversies than any other edition as the sting operation on television exposed corruption in IPL, while Kolkata Knight Riders owner was involved in a brawl with the Mumbai Cricket Association leading to a five year ban from the venue.
Followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore Luke Pomersbach's molestation charges early this week. If that wasn't enough, Pune Warriors players Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell were detained by Mumbai police following a raid at a rave party in Juhu on Sunday night.
Though such controversies have showed IPL in bad light, the former cricketer said such events 'have not dampened the spirit of the game'.
"Any big event always brings along its share of concerns. Controversies may have surfaced but they haven't damped the spirit of cricket. Close matches have underlined the beauty of T20 cricket," he wrote.