Justice Iyer flays IPL auction of cricketers

Kochi, Feb 24 (UNI) Coming down heavily on the recent auction of cricket players for the Indian Premier League (IPL), former Supreme Court Judge Justice V R Krishna Iyer has said '' Indian cricketers have damned a fine game into lasting shame by allowing themselves to be auctioned as glamorous commodities.'' In a recent statement here, he said '' the cricketers also stultified commonwealth cricket and wounded the patriotic past of the glorious procession of artists who had, with diamond wonder, wielded the bat and thrilled millions of humans who had flocked to behold matches, fascinated by the brilliant marvels on the turf from dawn to dusk.'' Justice Iyer said the game of cricket had been vulgarised, dishonoured and marketed into monetary slavery by a scandalous process of auctioning, which had defiled the culture and grandeur of the lovely turf by commercial corruption.

Giving a call to boycott the mercenaries who blasphemise the game, he said '' we must banish this degeneracy and restore the crown prince status of cricket.'' UNI MA GD RAR KP1516

Story first published: Monday, February 25, 2008, 15:58 [IST]
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