The Indian Premier League is the most significant addition to the cricketing calendar for years. It’s also by far the most well funded and most watched form of the Twenty 20 form of cricket, and all the best players in the world feature. And most important of all, it’s played in a country which adores the sport.
All of which makes it a treasure to cricket fans, and especially to Indian cricket fans. Which is why the decision to shift the IPL away from India for security reasons is disappointing and angering some of you.
And this isn’t just about not getting to see the action in India. The reason for the shift is security concerns following the attack on Sri Lanka’s team in Islamabad.
But what message does that send? Is the fact there’s also an election in April, good enough reason to say security cannot be guaranteed for players and spectators?
Some people highight America’s reaction to 9/11. Would the World Series have been cancelled? Or in the UK after 7/7, would that summer’s big cricket matches have been cancelled? In both cases there were no cancellations.
India is a vast country with significant resources. Would it have sent a stronger message to Islamist radicals who carried out attacks in Mumbai and Islamabad, if the Indian government had said the IPL will go ahead whatever it takes?
Is frustration that these attacks are allowed to have such an influence justified, or is this sensible decision making at a dangerous time?