Mumbai: Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said he was not in favour of banning the controversy-ridden Indian Premier League (IPL).

IPL is a good entertainment for sports lovers cutting across age groups, Uddhav told reporters here.

"Just get rid of the evils like fixing, bookies and incidents like the Shahrukh-MCA officials brawl. Otherwise IPL is good," he added.

Even senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Gurudas Kamat said he was against scrapping of IPL.

"Negatives are there in all fields. We need to overcome them and bring about improvement," he said, when asked about the controversies surrounding the T20 format.

Meanwhile, former India cricketer Kirti Azad on Sunday sat on a fast demanding that the Indian Premier League, which has been a hit by a series a controversies, be scrapped.

Azad, who is also a BJP leader, began the hunger strike outside the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi.

"All those who are watching, I have a question. Shouldn't there be transparency? There is too much of politics in sports. I only hope that there is some sportsmanship in politics," Azad said while addressing the gathering.

"Cricket is a religion in our country but it hurts when I get to know that youngsters want to play in IPL and not for the country," he added.


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