IPL: WARNE’S GAME
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“The inaugural Indian Premier League 20/20 cricket tournament started off with great fanfare in Mumbai in February with cricketers being bought and sold by the eight franchise teams for the first time in the sport’s history for fabulous sums. That made international news. By the time it ended, again in Mumbai on June 1 with the Rajasthan Royals beating the Chennai Super Kings by three wickets off the last ball of the final, it was in the headlines again. Not only was much of the cricket captivating, it was a massive commercial success as well. It brought in a reported $90 million into the coffers of its overseer, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, already one of the richest sporting bodies in the world and head and shoulders above any other national cricket governing body. That was substantially more than the BCCI had earned for the whole of the previous year (app. $61 million)—not bad for six weeks of fun and games….”
GULU EZEKIEL ONE OF INDIA'S LEADING CRICKET WRITERS, GULU BEGAN HIS CAREER IN MADRAS IN 1982. HE HAS BEEN SPORTS EDITOR AT ASIAN AGE, NEW DELHI TV AND INDYA.COM AND IS THE AUTHOR OF 11 SPORTS BOOKS. A REGULAR ON INDIAN TV, HE HAS BEEN FREELANCING SINCE 2001 AND HAS CONTRIBUTED TO OVER 100 PUBLICATIONS AROUND THE WORLD INCLUDING IN THE UK, AUSTRALIA, PAKISTAN AND ISRAEL.