Is Indian Premier League Fixed/Scripted?
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Is Indian Premier League Fixed/Scripted?

IPL is one of the most popular cricket leagues in the world. Despite its huge popularity, it has always been associated with controversies, from financial scams from its sponsors and team owners to players match-fixing. While a lot of people enjoy T20 for its raw entertainment and uncertainty, others believe that the result of IPL is fixed, and players ‘act’ in a way they are told to. But can it really be scripted? Let’s look at it this way:

1. Cricket is uncertain

As the saying goes, “It’s not over until the last ball.” Cricket is a game where predicting anything before a game has ended is nearly impossible. T20 is a fast-paced and smaller format, which makes it unpredictable. As IPL 2021 is on its way, a lot of people would say that IPL is scripted so that people can make IPL 2021 betting tips and earn money. Practically speaking, It is impossible to script a game of cricket. Imagine if you’re batting and someone told you to hit a six next ball. Do you think it is possible to do so because it was instructed? A game of cricket can never be predicted nor written on paper. Cases of match-fixing and spot-fixing are possible but fixing a 2-inches run out or a six of the last ball is not practical.

2. Why Script?

The simple question to ask here is, why script? IPL is one of the most popular leagues in India and the world. Why would you want to script something which is at its best without it? While most of the matches do end up coming down to the wire. From the last ball finishes to super overs, but these are just part of the T20 format. Its fast-paced gameplay makes it come down to the wire almost every time. Scripting the IPL would look like a much riskier bet as if people would come to know it will strip its popularity. 

3. The Owners

People think that the team owners, who are some of the wealthiest people in India, use their money to rig the game, but that’s not true as well. Mumbai Indians, owned by Neeta Ambani, the wife of the richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, have won five titles in the 12 IPL seasons. While it may sound ridiculous but they did not win because of Ambani’s money but rather, they have one of the strongest teams in the IPL. Also, when there are only eight teams, winning the award multiple times can be a bit easier.

Most people who say IPL is scripted are just IPL fans like us whose team probably lost. Obviously, when you lose a close match or a match where the chances of losing were low, you think that maybe it was all written before. But think about it, even when we play cricket with our friends if someone tells us to hit a six, or take a wicket in the next ball. Is it really possible to do so?

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