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1. Luke Pomersbach
Luke Pomersbach might not have caused much havoc during IPL matches, but his off-field antics threatened to disgrace and embarrass the billion dollar league. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player Luke Pomersbach was arrested for allegedly molesting an American woman and her fiance at a five-star hotel after playing against Delhi Daredevils on Thursday evening; charges of 354 (outraging modesty of woman), 323 (hurting), 454 (lurking house trespass) and 511 (punishment for attempted offenses punishable with life or other imprisonment) were brought against Luke Pomersbach by police.
Pomersbach had already experienced controversy prior to joining India. While playing for Western Australia in Australia he was involved with multiple alcohol-related incidents; when he moved on he represented Kings XI Punjab and RCCB in the IPL. Pomersbach even featured once for Australia playing one Twenty20 International match before an incident where he assaulted a police officer under the influence of alcohol ended his cricketing career prematurely.
Pomersbach came to India hoping to resurrect his cricketing career in the lucrative T20 Indian Premier League. While he made two Big Bash League appearances and scored 285 runs with Brisbane Heat, failing to impress and make national squad roster he eventually decided not to appear anymore and returned home after just 1 IPL match played; molestation charges in Delhi further undermined his cricketing prospects; currently on bail and barred from participating in IPL matches moving forward.
2. N Srinivasan
The Indian Premier League (IPL) elevated cricket to new heights and gained widespread acclaim, while also creating controversy and scandal that rocked its foundation and put its reputation under threat. Yet despite these obstacles, IPL managed to retain its fan following.
N Srinivasan, former MD of India Cements, led Tamil Nadu Cricket Association from 2002-03 until being forced out as President of BCCI in 2014. Besides this 77-year old was Chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC) as well as serving in golf and chess administration capacities. With extensive coverage on news, cars, cricket, travel and finance, Pioneer EPaper is your indispensable daily resource to stay in the know.
Srinivasan found himself embroiled in controversy when his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested on charges of betting and passing inside information to bookies during the sixth edition of IPL. Although Srinivasan denied that Meiyappan was team official, according to Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee report Meiyappan was co-owner of Rajasthan Royals alongside actor/businessman Raj Kundra as well as serving as team official of Chennai Super Kings.
Meiyappan had an intimate relationship with Srinivasan and would routinely communicate about his team’s performance with him, in violation of an IPL Code of Conduct clause which stipulates a franchise can be terminated if its owner engages in illegal activity.
Srinivasan was accused of abusing his position as BCCI President to give Meiyappan an indisputable clean bill of health while simultaneously undermining an investigation into allegations of spot fixing and betting. Subsequently he was banned from all administrative positions within cricket forever and replaced as TNCA Chairman by Jagmohan Dalmiya; moreover the Supreme Court recently decreed that Srinivasan’s conflicts of interest as head of Board of Control for Cricket in India are clear- cut, and that he must resign his post
Sreesanth made his mark as one of India’s premier fast bowlers. He amassed 75 wickets across ODI cricket, as well as some Twenty20 matches before falling victim to IPL 6’s spot-fixing scandal in 2013. Following that controversy, Sreesanth was banned for life by BCCI; later appealing it, his ban was reduced by seven years in Supreme Court ruling and has not played international cricket since but still plays domestic cricket matches regularly. Sreesanth is also an accomplished breakdancer and psychology student; this became evident when twirling his bat and doing a dance after hitting Andre Nel sixes during IPL 6 in South Africa 2010.
Sreesanth was an integral player for Kings XI Punjab during the 2008 IPL tournament when he became embroiled in the now infamous “slapgate” incident with Harbhajan Singh of Mumbai Indians slapping him across. Following this incident, Sreesanth was suspended by BCCI but quickly came back onto the pitch in 2009 as the second leading wicket taker with 18 wickets; unfortunately however injuries eventually led him out of national selection altogether.
Sreesanth was arrested during the IPL 2013 spot-fixing scandal alongside fellow Rajasthan Royals players Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila for accepting money from bookmakers to fix matches during the tournament. At first, Delhi police charged them under MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act), however later dropped them due to lack of evidence against them. They all have since left cricket but Sreesanth believes his career may have ended as a result of tweets relating to Slapgate.
4. Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh has become one of the game’s premier off-spinners; however, his career has not been without controversy. One such controversy came during an India vs Australia Test match at Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2008 known as ‘Monkeygate.’ Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds accused Harbhajan of calling him a monkey during this match; Harbhajan responded that what was misunderstood as racist comment was actually just Hindi language which misinterpreted by Australian players.
Harbhajan Singh was initially banned by the ICC for three matches but later had this decision overturned. Since then he has won many domestic and international cricket titles despite sustaining injuries that prevented him from performing well against New Zealand in 2011.
Harbhajan became embroiled in controversy in 2017 when he attacked a policeman outside his team hotel in Guwahati over whether media should be allowed inside. Harbhajan was fined for using abusive language.
Harbhajan made headlines once more when he appeared in an advertisement for Royal Stag without wearing his turban, which offended the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and caused public outrage as well as protest from within his Sikh community. It caused great embarrassment to Harbhajan as it caused public outrage and led to protest from various individuals within their faith community.
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5. Gautam Gambhir
The Indian Premier League is one of the world’s premier T20 cricket tournaments, yet has also witnessed its fair share of controversy in its 14 years of existence. From match-fixing and corruption allegations, to nepotism and owner meddling allegations – incidents like these have shaken its integrity, prompting calls for greater transparency and accountability within its ranks.
Gautam Gambhir has long been embroiled in controversy. Accused of match-fixing and other corrupt practices including sexual misconduct allegations. Players, journalists and media personnel have reported him for attacking players as well.
Gambhir was caught on video yelling at India coach Ravi Shastri after their team’s poor performance against England in a Test series. He insisted that they needed to change tactics and questioned Shastri’s decision-making processes; later on he apologized and stated he wasn’t trying to be disrespectful.
Manoj Tiwary, former player himself and an outraged cricket fanatic, took exception to their behaviour and called on the BCCI to intervene, saying it wasn’t pleasing and didn’t want to see such clashes between cricketers in future.
Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli appear to have fallen out, following their clash earlier in 2018. At one of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s matches against Lucknow Super Giants earlier in 2019, Kohli used a “shush” gesture to try and quieten down the crowd; Gambhir responded by mimicking it – showing clear disrespect towards Kohli that could continue for some time. This exchange highlighted their longstanding disagreement and could signal its continuation in coming days or weeks.