New Delhi May 27 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and former cricketer Kirti Azad on Sunday said he was not surprised over the SMS goof-up that predicted that the Chennai Super Kings would be in the IPL final before the qualifier, and called for a correction in the system of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament to protect the sanctity of the prestigious game of cricket.
|BJP MP and former cricketer Kirti Azad on Sunday said he was not surprised over the SMS goof-up that predicted that the Chennai would be in the Indian T20 League Final...|
"I am not at all surprised with somebody already predicting, who is going to get into the finals of the IPL. We have been talking about the ills that have gotten into this system. And unless and until you are not going to correct the system, people are going to fix matches like this, allegedly as one of the companies has said that the finals would be played between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders," said Azad.
"How did he know two days in advance is a big question mark on the basic sanctity of the IPL?" he asked.
When asked whether all this was taking place because the format of IPL is not good, Azad said: "There is nothing wrong with the format of the IPL. There is nothing wrong with the game. The only thing wrong is the ones, who are running the game. They have flouted all norms, the rules and regulations, FEMA violations have taken place, evasion of income tax and then you have money laundering, all these reports."
An SMS sent out to Vodafone subscribers on Friday morning announced, "IPL FINALS! Watch KKR vs CSK battle it out this Sunday..."
This was sent hours before the IPL qualifier in which Chennai beat Delhi to enter the final.
The SMS goof-up left Vodafone subscribers startled and confused, as they realized that the second qualifier was yet to take place.
Vodafone, however, was not aware of the error in its IPL promotional package, but subsequently corrected it. (ANI)