The most entertaining and often controversial annual sporting event, IPL, saw another interesting turn of events. On Thursday, IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla in a press conference said that the two IPL teams, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils, have approached BCCI to follow the English Premier League route and create a Division 2 of the IPL. The Division 2 will be called GPL (Gully premiere League) for teams that couldn’t qualify for play offs. GPL rules are yet to be finalized but prima-facie it will have one tip one hand rule since a majority of catches dropped in IPL were by the players of these two teams.
Royal Challengers Bangalore was the first team to propose this idea, which Delhi Daredevils management also supported. We spoke to Captains of both the teams, Virat Kohli and Zaheer Khan. Virat said “Look we have not qualified for the play offs is a fact, I am not denying that, but you must understand that we have top class players who will not be utilized if we don’t play after play offs.”
Virat added “Mallya sir is already under huge debt and most of his assests are either seized by the government or non-performing, it’s time we come forward and support Mallya sir and justify the price for which he bought us. Money he invested on us in not his, but of poor farmers who deposit their money in banks, which further provide loans to Mallya sir. So being a responsible human being we want to play for poor farmers.“
Faking News reporter spoke to BCCI chairman Rajiv Shukla, who said “Initially the proposal looked stupid to me, but when I saw the poor farmers angle I realized it’s not that stupid and it’s a golden opportunity for BCCI to work for a good cause”.
Cricketer turned actor, Vinod Kambli not only supported the idea but also forwarded his resume for the post of coach of Delhi Daredevils. If sources are to be believed, Captain Zaheer Khan has rejected Vinod Kambli’s application, saying even Delhi Metro has better coaches. First hand copy brands such as Blackcherry, iFone, abidas, Reebuk & Poma have shown interest in sponsorship the GPL. Though BCCI is yet to take a final decision on GPL, but dormant Bollywood celebrities such as DJ Bobby Deol, Dino Morea, and Aftab Shivdasani are excited as they might get an opportunity to perform at the inaugural function of GPL.