30 May 2011

IPL leaves unanswered questions

5:59 am on 30 May 2011

After a gruelling seven weeks and 74 matches, the Indian Premier League finally came to an end amid the usual glitter and glamour but left unanswered questions.

The sight of N. Srinivasan, owner of the Chennai Super Kings franchise, handing out the winners' medals to his own players again raised issues of transparency in a tournament dogged with allegations of financial malpractice.

Srinivasan is a powerful figure in Indian cricket as secretary and president-elect of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and president of the Tamil Nadu state cricket association.

His own side were crowned as IPL champions for the second time in a row late on Sunday a result widely predicted given their dominance of home conditions and favourability of the wicket.

There have been grumblings for months over Srinivasan's multiple roles and a possible conflict of interest after he was spotted sitting at the BCCI table during the IPL player auction earlier this year.