As the nation struggles to come to terms with the horror of spot fixing, another controversy has hit cricket fans like a tracer bullet as reports emerge that the IPL Fantasy League has been fixed by a leading Chennai Super Kings official, despite BCCI head N Srinivasan claiming that “there is no franchise called Chennai Super Kings.”
The virtual cricket game run by the BCCI came under the scanner following an outburst from a hardcore cricket Hyderabad Sunrisers fan Raditya venkatesh Prasad, tweeting under the handle of @forewordshortpants. An angry Raditya went berserk on twitter after Hyderabad’s loss over Rajasthan in the play-offs.
Speaking about the incident, Raditya said, “I first noticed something was wrong when Ashok Dinda kept being selected automatically and set as my power player.” But somehow I still topped the league. I was really excited on the day of Eliminator. I was leading the second placed team by 1000 points and looking forward to extending my lead. The toss went ahead; Hyderabad won it and elected to bat. Bubbling with enthusiasm and energy, I hurriedly logged on to the fantasy premier League to make my substitutions but what transpired was a nightmare. I was shocked to see names like Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif, Salim Malik, Atta ur Rehman, Shahid Afridi etc etc. My entire team was a Pakistan XI. I tried to refresh and log back in but the same thing showed up again and again. Thankfully I had a good amount of substitutions left so I thought would change the entire eleven but, to my utter shock, the substitution list now showed only Sri Lankan players. Going by the logic that at least the Lankan players are a part of the IPL and the play-off isn’t being played in Chennai, I replaced the entire Pakistan XI with the Sri Lankan XI and submitted the team with Sanga as my Powerplayer. I admit I’ve only got myself to blame for that.
After the match, I quickly logged on to the Fantasy League to see my position but tears almost rolled out of my eyes as I saw that Gurunath Meiyappan’s team Bulldozed XI which had been placed 9007th in the rankings, was sitting at the top with a lead of 1000 points and I was pushed down to 10th. The Chennai fan club was at the top, he was the chairperson of the top league, and the top 10 members of the top league were all Chennai fans. Trying hard to extricate my anger, I started to look for positives and realized there was a prize for the top 10. I quickly opened the prizes link, but again history repeated itself. I could not believe my eyes when I saw that the 2-10th placed teams had a prize of a “Well Ironed towel signed by Sreesanth” and a chance to go out on dinner with Ajit Chandila and “lift his shirt a couple of times.”
When contacted, a really calm Rajiv Shukla, the IPL Commissioner, said that they hadn’t had reports of any such incident from any other user: “Sri Lanka plays matches more often than the number of times Broad appeals in a single Test innings so that Forewardshortpants guy might have mistakenly logged into one of the previous tournament leagues involving them. It often happens and, to be honest, in life you just have to accept there are days when you’ll suffer. I once put RP Singh as my Powerplayer and I shifted from 5000th to 25800th. Our Fantasy Leagues will go on. After all, Mr. Meiyappan needs something to do now he’s got a bit of time on his hands.”
Special thanks to @pavilionopinion from twitter for helping me out with this article.
Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction and meant to be in jest.
Note: All the facts in the article have been made up, The author respects each and every individual / player mentioned in this article and requests readers to read the article in the right spirit of humour.