New Delhi: Indian Premier League (IPL) teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) were on Tuesday banned for two years by the Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha Committee in the 2013 IPL betting and spot fixing scandal.
Former CSK team official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra were suspended for life from any cricketing activity undertaken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The guilty duo were also suspended from any cricket related activity for a period of five years. They were earlier found guilty of betting in the scandal that rocked the lucrative Twenty20 tournament in 2013.
The verdict, read out by Justice Lodha in the presence of the other committee members, said that the cricketers who were part of the two IPL teams were free to join any IPL team they wanted.
The Supreme Court on January 22 had set up the committee comprising former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha, former Justice Ashok Bhan and former Justice R. Raveendran to determine appropriate punishments for Meiyappan, Kundra and their respective franchises.
In March, the panel had also issued showcause notices to Meiyappan and Kundra seeking their reply on the quantum of punishment.
Meiyappan is the son-in-law of former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and current International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N. Srinivasan. Kundra is a businessman who is married to Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.
Lodha also said the fate of IPL COO Sundar Raman, who is also alleged to have involved in wrongdoing, is yet to be ascertained as the investigation regarding him is still going on.
Lodha said the committee, which was supposed to form a guideline for the smooth administration of BCCI, will formulate such a guideline in “due course of time”.
India organizes several events every year and these events are followed by some trends to hype up the event industry, these trends are bang on and help in making the event successful. These trends keep on changing from time to time, but there are some trends which are evergreen and some are just for the time being.
Indian markets are growing rapidly with the new industries and brands coming up, and these industries and brands conduct different events to gain interactive experience and popularity. The events in India are categorised into:
Entertainment Events- award ceremony, promotions, music or video release, gaming, etc.
Corporate Events- seminars, conferences, training programs, etc.
Social Events- birthday parties, weddings, get together, etc.
Educational Events- TEDx, community service, etc.
Let’s discuss about some of the events taking place in India.
IPL- Indian Premier League
IPL tops the list of commercial events in India and is the biggest and most popular cricket league. Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) was the founder of IPL. The first event of IPL was organized in 2008 and since then it has grown leaps and bounds in popularity among the masses. IPL follows the Twenty20 cricket pattern and is played in the month of March or April and May.
This is a franchisee based cricket league with eight teams which represent eight different cities in India. International cricket players also participate in this event. IPL became the first sporting event to be broadcasted live on YOUTUBE, in 2010. IPL has completed twelve seasons of the event and Mumbai Indians are the current title holders who the tournament in 2019.
SUNBURN which is owned by Percept Ltd. started from Vagator beach, Goa in 2007, is now Asia’s largest music festival. It is a commercial Live EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festival in India, with a huge fan following, organized in Goa and Pune. Sunburn also organizes many concerts in IIMs, IITs, IISERs and many other colleges which helps the EDM craze grow among the teenagers and portrays an evolving modern change throughout Indian colleges. More than 100 international artists and DJs participate and play live in the main Sunburn event which takes place by the end of December. Sunburn gets an enthusiastic participation for this pandemonium of fun, food, music and frolic.
IGX- INDIAN GAMING EXPO
IGX is one of the largest gaming festival of India featuring IGX battles, cosplay, performances (like live gaming, music, stand-up comedy, etc.), workshops, panels, product launches, first look of games to be launched, experience of VR multiplayer, racing simulation and board games and exclusively the block buster games and latest hardware. It has been more than 3years now since the event is being organised and its visitors count is nearing the 100,000 mark. The distinct features of the event which make it sought after are its gaming cosplay and interaction of gamers, prospective and aspiring students with the representatives of universities and colleges in the field of computer games. The games offered in events like IGX are only for entertainment with no real money involved as gambling is restricted in India except for lotteries and horse racing. But you can enjoy the gaming experience at the brick and mortar casinos in Goa, Sikkim and Daman.
Even though Indian casinos cannot promote online casino games, and the situation with online betting in India is not 100% clear. Officially, betting and gambling are illegal in India. However, no laws specifically make online betting illegal, and there are numerous offshore betting platforms that accept bets from Indian citizens.
Above we have discussed just a few events happening in India of different genres. There are many other commercial events, sports events, non-commercial events like ISL, Pro Kabaddi League, Pro Wrestling League, NH7 Weekender, India Bike Week, ESL, Dream Hack, Phoenix Gaming Expo(PGX), etc happening on a large scale all-round the year. All these events are done on a big scale to build an image, for a better interaction with interested prospects and to gain popularity.