MUMBAI: That the Indian Premier League is undoubtedly the
biggest cricket and television property in the country is
a given. However, what is also given is the fact that the
tournament's image has been severely dented due to allegations
of spot fixing and match fixing.
per the 'IPL 2012 Public Perception Survey, which was
conducted from 4-9 June by leading digital media company Yahoo!
India, over 68.9 per cent respondents believe that IPL players
are involved in fixing matches while 57.3 per cent believe
that Indian players are also involved in unholy nexus.
survey conducted on Yahoo! Cricket saw participation from
The respondents also feel that IPL players are overpaid with
almost 79.1 per cent respondents echoing that the IPL cricketers
are paid more than what they actually deserve.
survey throws up even more damaging findings with 66.6 per
cent respondents saying that cricketers receive under
the table payments to play the game, while 14.4 per
cent disagreeing with that notion. About 19 per cent respondents
were unaware of the subject.
it's not all gloom and doom for the IPL as 61.5 per cent respondents
believe that the IPL format has had a positive effect on Indian
respondent have also given thumbs down to IPL team owners
with 60.1 per cent saying that the high-profile owners should
rather low profile during or after. However, 36 per cent respondents
also feel that team owners should be allowed to enter the
former IPL chairman Lalit Modi ever make a comeback to run
the IPL show again? Well, the opinion is sharply divided with
only 37.5 per cent in favor of the maverick cricket administratior's
return while a majority of 48.2 per cent are not in favour
of his return.
than half of the respondents also feel that IPL is responsible
for players getting exposed to injuries.
the respondents were against cricketers skipping tests and
ODIs to play the IPL matches, with a whopping 92 per
cent majority voting against players favouring clubs over
were also in favour of introducing the popular concept of
player loaning similar to basketball, baseball, soccer and
other sports with 41.5 per cent favouring such a rule in IPL.
56.5 per cent people are in favour of two strategic time-outs
in every IPL innings.
commentators have also been lauded by fans with 44.9 per cent
thinking that cricket commentators have overall done a good
job in IPL 2012.
Shastri takes the crown as the best commentator with 30.5
per cent majority, followed by Harsha Bhogle per cent and
Danny Morrison 18.4 per cent.
Singh Sidhu 34.4 per cent, Ajay Jadeja 11.7 per cent, and
Rameez Raja 9.8 per cent are voted as the least popular commentators