In a no holds barred comment on the Indian Premier League, which has completed 11 seasons since its inception in 2008, former Indian spinning great Bishan Singh Bedi has lashed out at the competition, terming it as a 'scam'.
Ever since its first season in 2008, IPL has grown from strength to strength, attracting huge number of players from across the world. The competition has been termed as the pioneer and force behind the rise of T20 cricket, especially domestic T20I leagues.
But for Bedi, the tournament isn't solving any purpose. During an interaction with Aaj Tak, the original Turbanator of Indian cricket team did not spare the cash-rich tournament. He said,
"I don't want to say anything about IPL. There's not a bigger scam in India than IPL. Nobody here knows where IPL's money comes and goes. The second edition of the IPL happened in South Africa, millions of money was taken out of the country without the permission of Finance Minister."
He further went onto explain his point, stating that the the cases of betting in cricket arises when then there is a huge disparity between the pay-scale of different players.
"IPL should not be the basis of Indian selection, local T20 tournaments should be. A team has players who are paid high and ones who get less money. The lower income player doesn't have the skills, how does he catch up? The only way he sees is betting. I have a lot of experience in cricket, you can tell what is happening in what match. If we stay blind even while seeing, then it's our choice," he added.
At the very same event, the veteran of 67 Tests and 10 ODIs also took a dig at Indian skipper Virat Kohli, terming him as someone who does whatever he wants, referring to his run-in with former Indian head coach Anil Kumble.
"That is what I am saying, one person (Virat Kohli) is doing all he wants and we are letting it happen. What would Anil (Kumble) have said, he was gracious to leave it like that," Bedi said.