Imagine the slash and burn cricket of Naga Mirchis vs Guntur Chillies ๐Ÿ˜œ

The Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket season is about to commence, just as the Indian Political League steps back after a hectic election spell. Considering the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has lost a lot of lolly to the ICC in recent weeks, here is a suggestion for Indian cricket honchos to expand the game beyond IPL format to states, cities, suburbs, and even mohallas, so it can recoup the losses and generate more revenues.

To do this, administrators can tap into Indiaโ€™s vast geo-socio-political milieu, encouraging formation of new cricket teams with new paradigms. Just eight or ten IPL teams duking it out wonโ€™t do. There is enough competitive fire and animus in India to have many such leagues and myriad teams, giving voice (and cricket) to every section of the population. This will dissipate a lot of energy and anger that is otherwise expressed through rioting, arson, hartal, stone-throwing etc.

For instance, the recent agitation in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for retaining traditions such as Jallikattu and Kambala (a buffalo race) should have engendered teams called Tamil Nadu Jollycats and Karnataka Comeballers to play each other to determine which is better. Similarly, we could have ethnicity- and linguistic-based teams and match-ups such as Kashmiri Stonethrowers v Telengana Hungerstrikers, Malayali Malingers v Naga Naysayers etc. They could even be political outfit based, bringing into play teams such as Hurriyat Harriers facing off Dravida Dominoes.

There can also be separate metropolitan based leagues representing the defining characteristic of each city โ€“ for e.g., Bangalore TrafficJammers v Delhi Polluters, Mumbai Slumdwellers v Chennai Self-Immolators etc. Tier Two and Tier Three cities and towns can also jump into the fray (and aim for promotion to the big league) after contests between the likes of Mysore Retirees v Pune Pensioners. For that matter, even satellite cities and suburbia can get in on the action with games between the likes of Gurgaon Pretenders v Noida Nobodies. Hill Stations could line up the likes of Khandala Loafers v Kodai Romeos.

Teams could also be formed on the basis of geographical food preferences (UP Doodhwalas v Punjab Lassiwalas, Bengal Mithaiwalas v Rajasthani Halwais etc). Small towns boasting of geography specific specialties could throw up teams (Ratnagiri Alphonsos, Nagpur Oranges, Naga Mirchis, Darjeeling Teas, Malabar Peppers, Guntur Chillies, Tezpur Litchis, Nanjangud Bananas, Allahabadi Surkhas, Bikaneri Bhujias) that would bring spice and flavor to the league. Imagine the slash and burn cricket between two hot teams like Naga Mirchis v Guntur Chillies.

When all is said and done, we will have huge revenues and lasting enmity. We can then get ready for a transcontinental showdown between Indian Friends and Australian Fiends.
Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports

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