New Delhi, May 25: Former Indian cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi has slammed the cash-rich Indian Premier League and has urged youngsters not to fall for money since the shortest format of the game might tend to influence them.
The legendary cricketer, spoke to Mid-day about the issues in the tournament and slammed the league for creating such controversies and also warned youngsters to guard themselves and take it as a role model activity.
"Players like Rahul Dravid, Adam Gilchrist have finished with the game. Michael Clarke does not want to play T20 cricket for Australia; Sachin Tendulkar doesn't want to play T20s for India. This is just an outing for them to have some fun and in the process, make a quick buck. Youngsters should not take it as a role model activity, but unfortunately, they will," he told Mid-Day.
Bedi further criticised the league and stated that the cash-rich league was all about money and there were no principles.
"People who are raving about IPL are mad. They are raving about IPL because of the money. This nonsense is all about money, money and more money. The base of the entire IPL is very, very fragile. It is a business proposition and any business must have the base of ‘principles first, profits afterwards’. But, here, there are no principles, only profits and that too, only for the players and BCCI," he added.