New Delhi: It seems that controversies have marred the spirit of Indian Premier League. The cash-rich IPL has not just made players to become stars overnight, but has also uncovered various on-field verbal altercations, scandals, spot-fixing.

Here is the list of top 10 controversies that happened over the past six years since its commencement in 2008:


2008: Harbhajan Singh was involved in controversy in IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at Mohali. Mumbai Indians tweaker Harbhajan slapped Punjab paceman S Sreesanth while the teams were shaking hands in a post match ceremony.

The Kings XI Punjab lodged an official compliant to the IPL. The match referee Farokh Engineer found Harbhajan guilty of a level 4.2 offence, banning him from the remainder of the IPL and preventing him from claiming his entire season's salary.

BCCI disciplinary committee also found Harbhajan guilty under Rule 3.2.1 of their regulations and handed down the maximum punishment of five-match ban from ODIs.

Cheerleader’s allegations

In 2011, South African cheerleader Gabriella Pasqualotto revealed that all the Cheerleaders are treated as meat by the IPL players in the post IPL parties.

The 22-year old was bought for the Mumbai Indians with the other 40 cheer leaders from South Africa. She reported in her blog about the inappropriate behavior of the cricketers towards them.

According to Gabriella Pasqualotto report, many cheer leaders have intimate relationship with Cricketers. After her news been leaked by cricketers and some cheer leaders, she was sacked by the Mumbai Indians Cheer leaders.

SRK dropped Ganguly from KKR

Shah Rukh Khan bought the IPL franchise rights of Kolkata Knight Riders and named Saurav Ganguly the captain of the team. Ganguly’s performance was not up to the mark and team had not done well under him.

Hence, SRK decided to drop him from team. This incident made Bengal angry. The home crowd did not turn up for the home matches played in Kolkata without his favorite star “Dada”.

Rave Party

The two IPL players Rahul Sharma and South African cricketer Wayne Parnell were also found in a rave party and their reports were also tested positive for drug.

The raid was conducted by Nangre-Patil along with more than 50 police officers at Oakwood hotel in Juhu, Mumbai on May 20, 2012. Total 90 persons were detained in the party including Sharma and Parnell.

SRK brawl at Wankhede

Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was banned by the Mumbai Cricket Association for five years from entering the Wankhede Stadium for misbehaving with its officials in an IPL match.

Khan, who was alleged by the MCA to have manhandled a security guard of the association besides hurling choice abuses at its officials after the IPL game on May 16, 2012 between KKR and Mumbai Indians, was threatened with a life ban by some officials before the managing committee toned it down to a five-year period.

Luke Pomersbach arrest

IPL cricketer Luke Pomersbach, a foreign recruit of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team, was arrested for allegedly molesting a woman from the US and beating up her boyfriend at Delhi five-star hotel.

A case has been registered against the 27-year-old Australian player under IPC sections 354 (outraging modesty of woman), 323 (hurt), 454 (lurking house trespass) and 511 (Punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment).  

Sting operation on spot fixing-2012

Five cricketers were caught in a TV sting operation discussing money for match-fixing and were later suspended from all formats of the game, including the Indian Premier League.

The cricketers were caught on tape talking about manipulating matches by bowling no-balls at a designated stage of the match.

The suspended players were TP Sudhindra (Team Hyderabad), Mohnish Mishra (Team Pune), Amit Yadav (Team Punjab), Shalabh Shrivastava (Team Punjab) and Abhinav Bali. However, all of them said the channel misrepresented meetings with an "agent" in a Delhi hotel.

Lalit Modi’s suspension
Lalit Modi was suspended as the chairman and commissioner of the Indian Premier League in 2010 by the BCCI. Modi was accused of a wide range of financial impropriety, from rigging bidding deals related to the IPL, offering bribes, betting and money laundering.

Virat-Gautam on-field spat

April 11, 2013: There was no love lost between the rival captains as Kolkata Knight Riders' Gautam Gambhir and Royal Challengers Bangalore's Virat Kohli were involved in an ugly on-field spat after the latter was dismissed at the crucial juncture in the match.

IPL 6: Spot fixing

S Sreesanth and two other players were arrested by Delhi police on suspicion of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League.

BCCI immediately suspended Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila and promised that stricter punishments would await if they are found guilty.


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