Home > Features > Moments in history >

IPL 2009: Looking at events that led to T20 extravaganza being held in South Africa

Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi (centre) made sure the IPL 2009 was held in South Africa © AFP
Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi (centre) made sure the IPL 2009 was held in South Africa © AFP

As everyone awaits with bated breath for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 to scorch the baked deserts of United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the next two weeks, it is time that we turn the pages back to 2009, when the IPL was last held outside India. After many trials and tribulations, South Africa was chosen as the venue to host the IPL extravaganza. Bharath Ramaraj has more…

When the heart of Mumbai was hit by a co-ordinated terrorist attack in December 2008, it left unimaginable scars on the minds of Indian citizens. The terrorist attack left everyone in the country shell-shocked. In fact, the events that unfolded in front of everyone’s eyes were so petrifying that it could haunt generations to come. A few months down the line, it was the time when the glitzy and glamorous Indian Premier League (IPL) 2009 was about to be held.

With general elections also to be held in India in April-May 2009, everyone connected with Indian cricket were biting their nails regarding the prospects of whether the tournament will be even held or not. To hold a general election in a country made up of billion people is one gargantuan task. It takes a lot of blood, sweat, toil and tears to conduct it successfully. With the doom and gloom of another ghastly terrorist attack looming over the nation as well, it seemed improbable that the IPL will be held in the country in jam-packed stadiums. So, it wasn’t surprising that that Indian government refused to provide security for the tournament.

Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde said, “Government will not be able to provide security to IPL matches due to coming Lok Sabha polls.”

On the other end of the spectrum, franchise owners were worried too. Having pumped in money, it is natural to expect return on investment.

To soothe their tangle of nerves and take them into confidence, Ranjib Biswal said, “We are in constant touch with franchises; we have taken them into confidence in the last two days and we held a series of meetings with them. We have made our stand clear. They appreciated our concerns and they have given us cooperation on this matter.”

Initially, England came across as the favourite to host the mega event. However, concerns related to adverse weather conditions (April-May isn’t a cricket season in England), cost issues and television rights conflict led to England bagging the event impractical.

Actually, David Collier, the then England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive agreed that there were hurdles in hosting the IPL. It has to be considered at that time in 2009, a G20 meet was also going to take place in the United Kingdom. So, providing security to the IPL was always an extremely difficult task.

It was South Africa that slowly but steadily which emerged as the favourite to host the tournament. The Rainbow Nation’s friendly weather conditions finally swayed it in their favour. Here, one has to remember that things didn’t go according to plan when both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) first held talks. It was only after the South African government chipped in by actively involving themselves in discussions did they become the front runner.

On March 24 of 2009, the then IPL commissioner, Lalit Modi and CSA chief, Gerald Majola came up with a final schedule for 59 games spaced out over one month. Cape Town, Wanderers (Johannesburg), Centurion, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Durban were the grounds on which the games were to be held.

The first game of the tournament was between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI). Mumbai started their campaign off in style with a 19-run win. It was Lasith Malinga, with his heart-warming show that helped Mumbai script a famous win. In the second game of IPL 2009, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captained by Kevin Pietersen thwacked defending champions, Rajasthan Royals by a convincing margin of 75 runs. The South African supporters and Indian fans back home thoroughly enjoyed the thrills and spills of IPL 2009 with legends of the game taking their game to towering heights.

Now, when we look back at IPL 2009, it was a tournament that infused US$100 million into the South African economy. In the end though, despite the odds stacked against them, it was about their undying love for the game and an unstinting service to its cause that both boards were able to push the envelope in terms of organisational skills to make it a grand success.

(Bharath Ramaraj, an MBA in marketing, eats, drinks and sleeps cricket. He has played at school and college-level, and now channelises his passion for the game by writing about it)

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 6, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 7, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Birmingham

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 62 runs

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Birmingham

India won by 9 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England, 4th ODI at Edgbaston

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan complete comprehensive series win for India with 9-wicket win in 4th ODI

Mitchell Marsh records highest strike rate in an ODI innings for Australia against South Africa

N Srinivasan faces a two-month wait as Mudgal commission prepares final report

Norman Gordon passes away at 103

Ishant Sharma: 10 facts you need to know about the towering Indian paceman

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia Zimbabwe vs Australia 2014

Shakib Al Hasan takes up ‘Rice bucket challange’

Nathan Lyon injured during Australia’s 62-run win against South Africa in Zimbabwe tri-series

Amitabh Bachchan lashes out at Indian cricket fans

Alastair Cook vows to stay on as England captain despite ODI series loss against India

Ajinkya Rahane becomes first Indian opener to score an ODI hundred against England in England

14 greatest upsets in ODIs — Part 1

Faf du Plessis shows his grit with twin tons against Australia in Zimbabwe Triangular Series

India’s ODI series triumphs outside Asia — a statistical review

Cricket in Columbia: Rest of the World XI beat India XI

Sachin Tendulkar’s Playing It My Way: What cricket lovers would expect from his autobiography

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

628 Posts | 7 Fans

Thilan Samaraweera finds an unusual way to get stumped

Calling all Vegetarians: How to Have an all Inclusive BBQ

Apple confirms accounts of Hollywood celebrities were compromised to access nude photos, refutes iCloud breach

Shakib Al Hasan takes up ‘Rice bucket challange’

Opera Mini returns to Windows Phone, starts taking signups for beta testing

Nathan Lyon injured during Australia’s 62-run win against South Africa in Zimbabwe tri-series

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Latest Ebola News: Death toll in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaches 31

Hrithik Roshan not doing Hollywood film Step Up 6?

What is endometriosis?

Obhrai Announces Canadian Support For Bangladesh

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here