Laxman: IPL is still good for Indian cricket


Former India batsman VVS Laxman thinks the IPL is still a positive for Indian cricket despite the suspensions of two franchises for illegal activities.

The T20 tournament has helped young Indian players grow quickly in cricketing terms as they get to share a dressing room and exchange ideas with some of the best players from around the world.

Earlier this month two-time winners the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals were banned for a couple of years because their owners were involved with bookmakers.

This is not the first time the competition has had negative publicity as in three years ago four players were banned for life for accepting money from bookmakers.

Laxman, who scored more than 8000 runs in 134 Tests, thinks the suspensions of the teams is unfortunate but the show must still go.

The 40 Laxman told IANS in an interview: "Suspension of both the IPL teams is very unfortunate. There are lot of positives as far as IPL is concerned.

"No one is bigger than the game. And I think the focus is and will always be on cricket and cricket will be the ultimate winner.

"I am big believer the exposure that young cricketers get to share the dressing rooms with some of the legends in the game is just because of IPL.

"I think there are very few negative incidents in IPL, but overall I think IPL is positive for budding cricketers for the country.

"This is definitely not good for the brand IPL. But the amount of good cricket that we have seen in the last IPL, competitive cricket was seen being played."