IPL ban not required, asserts Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said the Indian Premier League is a good entertainment for sports lovers cutting across age groups AFP

Mumbai: May 20, 2012

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said he is not in favour of banning the controversy-ridden Indian Premier League (IPL).

IPL is a good entertainment for sports lovers cutting across age groups, Uddhav told reporters.

“Just get rid of the evils like fixing, bookies and incidents like the Shahrukh-MCA officials brawl. Otherwise, IPL is good,” he added.

Sena chief Bal Thackeray had on Saturday in the party mouthpiece Saamana criticised Shahrukh over the episode that took place at the Wankhede cricket stadium here.

Congress leader and former Union Minister Gurudas Kamat said he was also against scrapping of IPL.

“Negatives are there in all fields. We need to overcome them and bring about improvement,” he said, when asked about the controversies surrounding the Twenty20 tournament. (PTI)