IPL Controversies 2024, Most Controversial Moments in IPL Since 2008 to 2022, Banned Player List, Worst Bowler, FAQs and More

IPL Controversies 2024:- The Indian Premier League (IPL) has become one of the most popular cricket leagues in the world since its inception in 2008. However, the league has also been mired in controversy over the years, with various incidents casting a shadow over the tournament.

IPL Controversies 2024

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league that is played annually in India. The tournament was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007, and the first season was held in 2008. Since then, the IPL has become one of the most popular cricket leagues in the world, attracting top players from around the globe.

The format of the IPL involves eight teams representing different cities in India, playing each other twice in a round-robin format, followed by playoffs and a final. The league has a salary cap for each team, and players are auctioned off to the highest bidder before the start of each season.


IPL Controversies 2024 Overview

IPL 2024 Schedule 31 March 2024 to 28 May 2024
IPL 2024 Start Date 31 March 2024
Host Indian Premier League
Host Country India
Administrator Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
Format T20 (20 Over Cricket League Match)
Opening Match 31 March 2024
Final Match 28 May 2024
Participants Team 10
Total Match 74
Category IPL 2024
Official URL https://www.iplt20.com/
Credit Wikipedia and Official Site

Controversy Of IPL Since 2008-2023

Slapgate Controversy

In 2008, Sreesanth, a bowler for the Kings XI Punjab team, was slapped by his teammate Harbhajan Singh after a match against the Mumbai Indians. The incident led to a heated exchange between the two players and resulted in Singh being banned for the rest of the IPL season.

Pakistan Bans Cricketers From Participating In IPL 2009 Controversy

Pakistani players have not been part of the IPL since 2008, following the Mumbai terror attacks in November of that year.

The Mumbai attacks were carried out by Pakistani terrorists, and tensions between India and Pakistan were heightened as a result. In the aftermath of the attacks, the BCCI decided to exclude Pakistani players from the IPL auctions, citing security concerns and public sentiment.

Since then, Pakistani players have not been allowed to participate in the IPL. Some Pakistani cricketers have expressed disappointment at this decision, as the league provides a platform for players to showcase their skills and earn significant amounts of money.

Lalit Modi Suspended By BCCI IPL 2010 Controversie

Reason Explanation
Financial Irregularities Lalit Modi was accused of various financial irregularities during his tenure as the commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The charges included bid-rigging, money laundering, and siphoning off funds from the league.
Mismanagement of IPL Modi was also accused of mismanagement of the IPL, including the allocation of franchises, the bidding process, and the conduct of matches. There were also allegations of favoritism and conflict of interest.
Twitter Controversy Modi had a public spat with former Indian cricket captain and commentator Sunil Gavaskar on Twitter during the IPL 2015 season, which further damaged his reputation.
Behavioral Issues Modi’s behavior, both on and off the field, was also a cause for concern. He was accused of being arrogant, vindictive, and insensitive towards other cricket administrators and players.
Defying BCCI orders Modi had defied orders from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and refused to appear before its disciplinary committee to face charges of financial irregularities. This ultimately led to his suspension from all cricket-related activities in India.

Ravindra Jadeja banned in IPL 2010 Controversie

Ravindra Jadeja has not been banned from playing international cricket. However, he has been banned from playing in a particular format of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the past.

In 2010, Ravindra Jadeja was banned for a brief period from playing in the IPL after he breached the league’s player guidelines. He was found to have signed a contract with a different franchise, violating the league’s rules regarding player contracts. As a result, he was banned for the entire 2010 season of the IPL.

Jadeja’s ban was later lifted after he apologized for his actions and the issue was resolved. Since then, he has continued to play in the IPL and has also represented the Indian national cricket team in all formats of the game.

Sensational Revelations By Cheerleader in 2011 Controversie

Reason Explanation
Allegations of Harassment Pasqualotto alleged that she and other cheerleaders were subject to harassment and inappropriate behavior from team owners, players, and other officials associated with the IPL.
Working Conditions She claimed that the cheerleaders were underpaid and overworked, with long hours and no proper breaks. She also alleged that the accommodations provided to them were inadequate and sometimes unsafe.
Culture of the IPL Pasqualotto suggested that the culture of the IPL was one of excess and debauchery, with team owners and players engaging in drinking and partying to excess.
Media Attention Her blog post generated a lot of media attention and led to calls for better working conditions for cheerleaders in the IPL.
Disputed Allegations Some of her allegations were disputed by other cheerleaders and officials associated with the IPL.

Another Controversy in the Year 2011

Sourav Ganguly Dumped by KKR

Reason Explanation
Poor Performance Sourav Ganguly’s performance as a player for the KKR team had declined over the years, and he was no longer contributing significantly to the team’s success.
Conflict with Coach Ganguly had a public falling out with KKR coach John Buchanan, who had introduced a controversial multiple-captaincy system in the team. Ganguly was unhappy with the system and felt that it undermined his authority as the team’s captain.
Franchise Ownership Change The KKR team underwent a change in ownership, with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and his company Red Chillies Entertainment taking over. The new owners may have had a different vision for the team and may not have seen Ganguly as a part of their plans.
Team Strategy The KKR team may have wanted to change their team strategy and include younger, more dynamic players in their lineup, which may not have included Ganguly.
Salary Issues There were also rumors that Ganguly’s salary demands were too high, and the KKR team may not have been willing to pay him what he wanted.

Kochi Tuskers Terminated In IPL

Reason Explanation
Breach of Contract The KTK team had breached its franchise agreement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by not being able to provide a bank guarantee of Rs. 156 crore, which was required to secure the team’s participation in the IPL.
Ownership Issues There were also ownership issues within the KTK team, with differences between the two primary stakeholders – Kochi Cricket Pvt Ltd (KCPL) and the Film Society of Kerala (FSK). This led to a delay in the payment of players’ fees and other operational expenses, which further worsened the team’s financial situation.
Player Retention Policy The KTK team was also reportedly unhappy with the IPL’s player retention policy, which allowed teams to retain only four players from their squad ahead of the player auction. The KTK team felt that this put them at a disadvantage compared to other teams that had been in the league for longer and had a more established player base.
Financial Losses The KTK team was also making significant financial losses, and the team’s owners were reportedly finding it difficult to sustain the team’s operations.
Termination by BCCI In September 2011, the BCCI terminated the KTK team’s franchise agreement and expelled them from the IPL, citing the team’s inability to provide the required bank guarantee and other financial irregularities.

IPL 2012 Controversy

Controversy Explanation
Spot-Fixing The 2012 IPL season was rocked by allegations of spot-fixing, where players were accused of deliberately underperforming in exchange for money from bookmakers. The controversy first came to light when five uncapped players were arrested by the Delhi Police on charges of spot-fixing.
Deccan Chargers Termination The Deccan Chargers team, which had won the IPL in 2009, was terminated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ahead of the 2012 season. The termination was due to financial irregularities and the team’s inability to pay its dues to the BCCI. The team was later replaced by the Sunrisers Hyderabad team.
Conflict of Interest There were allegations of conflict of interest involving several prominent figures in the IPL, including Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials, team owners, and commentators. The conflict of interest arose due to the involvement of these figures in various capacities, such as team ownership, player management, and media commentary.
Harbhajan Singh Slapgate During a match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians player Harbhajan Singh was involved in a physical altercation with Kings XI Punjab player Sreesanth. Singh was accused of slapping Sreesanth and was subsequently banned for the remainder of the season.
Shah Rukh Khan Wankhede Stadium Ban Bollywood actor and Kolkata Knight Riders team owner Shah Rukh Khan was banned from entering the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai after an altercation with security personnel during a match. The ban was lifted later, but the incident caused a lot of controversy and media attention.

IPL 2013 Controversy

Controversy Explanation
Sri Lankan Players Banned from Chennai No Sri Lankan players or match officials were allowed to participate in any IPL games held in Chennai due to political tensions between India and Sri Lanka over the treatment of Tamilians.
Virat Kohli-Gautam Gambhir Spat During a match, players Kohli and Gambhir had a heated exchange, which was resolved with the help of teammate Rajat Bhatia.
Spot-Fixing Scandal The Rajasthan Royals trio of Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by Delhi Police on charges of spot-fixing. Other high-profile names like BCCI chief N. Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and Royals’ owner Raj Kundra were also implicated in the scandal and were later banned for life.
Sahara Pulls Pune Warriors Out Pune Warriors owner, Sahara Adventure Sports Limited, withdrew its team from the IPL after BCCI decided to encash its bank guarantee when the franchise failed to pay the full franchise fee for the year.

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IPL 2014 Controversy

Controversy Explanation
Preity Zinta-Ness Wadia Row Preity Zinta, co-owner of Kings XI Punjab, accused her former boyfriend and co-owner Ness Wadia of threatening and molesting her during an IPL game at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The case went to court and Wadia was later found guilty and sentenced to a two-year imprisonment.
Mitchell Starc-Kieron Pollard Altercation During an IPL game, RCB’s Mitchell Starc and Mumbai Indians’ Kieron Pollard had an altercation that escalated quickly. Pollard threw his bat at Starc after the latter didn’t abort his run-up and instead threw the ball at him. Both players were fined for their actions.

IPL 2015 Controversy

Controversy Explanation
Kohli Breaks BCCI Guidelines RCB skipper Virat Kohli breached BCCI’s anti-corruption guidelines when he left the players’ area to meet his then-girlfriend Anushka Sharma during a rain break in an IPL match. Kohli received a verbal warning for the offense.
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals Suspended The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals for two years as part of reforms to Indian cricket. The committee aimed to root out corruption in the sport, and its actions led to the removal of top officials from the BCCI.

IPL 2016 Controversy

IPL moved out of Maharashtra due to water scarcity:

  • BCCI directed to shift all IPL matches outside Maharashtra by Bombay High Court due to water scarcity
  • Court stated the use of water to maintain pitches during drought was a waste of resources
  • Maharashtra missed hosting 13 matches including the final.

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2017 Controversy of IPL

  • During a match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Kieron Pollard criticized Sanjay Manjrekar for calling him “brainless”.
  • Pollard tweeted that Manjrekar’s comments were a waste of words and that he should focus on saying positive things.
  • Manjrekar denied calling Pollard “brainless” and said that he was only questioning his batting range.
  • Harsh Goenka, chairman of RPG Enterprises and the brother of Sanjiv Goenka, faced criticism for taking a dig at M.S. Dhoni on Twitter after a match between Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Mumbai Indians (MI).

IPL Controversies 2019

Ashwin ‘mankads’ Buttler

  • During a match between KXIP and RR, KXIP captain Ravichandran Ashwin “mankaded” RR batsman Jos Buttler, leading his side to a win by 14 runs.
  • “Mankading” is a run-out method, where the bowler can dismiss the non-striker by hitting the bails before bowling if the former is outside his crease.
  • While some fans lauded Ashwin’s move, it was largely criticized by cricketers who voiced their opinions on social media.
  • Eoin Morgan tweeted his disapproval, and Shane Warne also expressed his disappointment in a tweet.

IPL Controversies 2020

Controversy Description
Ashwin ‘mankads’ Buttler KXIP captain R. Ashwin ‘mankaded’ RR batsman J. Buttler, leading to mixed reactions.
Umpiring error A controversial umpiring decision cost KXIP the match against DC, leading to criticism on social media.
IPL theme song ‘plagiarism’ row The composer of IPL’s theme song was accused of plagiarism by an artist named K. Kaul. The composer denied the allegations, presenting a certificate of originality.
Sunil Gavaskar slammed for his ‘distasteful’ remark on Anushka Sharma Commentator S. Gavaskar made a remark involving Indian captain Virat Kohli’s wife during a match between RCB and KXIP, leading to criticism.

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IPL Controversies 2021

Controversies during IPL 2021 matches:

  • CSK vs DC game: Umpire initially gave a no-ball for Dwayne Bravo’s wide delivery, but then changed it to a wide, causing criticism from cricket pundits.
  • DC vs KKR game: Ashwin took an extra run after a throw deflected off his skipper’s bat, causing a verbal duel with KKR skipper Eoin Morgan. Some former cricketers criticized Ashwin for going against the “Spirit of the Game,” but he defended himself on Twitter.

IPL Controversies 2022

Two incidents during IPL 2021 matches:

  1. RCB vs RR match: Harshal Patel and Riyan Parag got into a heated argument at the end of the first innings, after Parag hit 18 runs off the last over bowled by Harshal. The exact reason for the argument is unknown.
  2. DC vs RR match: DC’s batting coach Pravin Amre got into a heated argument with umpires over a delivery they thought was a no-ball, which ended up costing DC the match. Amre was fined and handed a one-match ban, while Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur were also fined for their involvement.
  3. Controversy: IPL 2022: Ashwin’s Retired Out Details: During an IPL 2022 match between Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants, Ravichandran Ashwin became the first batter in IPL history to be tactically retired out. He was on 28 off 23 when he walked off, allowing Riyan Parag to join Shimron Hetmyer in the middle. Only four batters have been dismissed retired out in T20s.

    Players Dismissed Retired Out:

    • R. Ashwin (Rajasthan Royals vs Lucknow Super Giants, IPL 2022)
    • Sonam Tobgay (Bhutan vs Maldives, T20I 2019)
    • Sunzamul Islam (Cumilla Warriors vs CC, BPL 2019)
    • Shahid Afridi (Pakistanis vs Northants, Tour Match 2010)


The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India. The league was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007, and the first season was played in 2008. The IPL is widely regarded as one of the most popular and lucrative cricket leagues in the world, attracting top international players and massive crowds.


Which player was banned in IPL 2008?

Harbhajan Singh, the Mumbai Indians' player, was banned for the remainder of the season after he slapped Sreesanth, a player from the Kings XI Punjab team, during a match in Mohali.

Are Pakistani players allowed in IPL?

No, Pakistani players are currently not allowed to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The last Pakistani player to feature in the IPL was Sohail Tanvir, who played for the Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural season of the tournament in 2008.

Who has the worst bowler in IPL 2008?

Basil Thampi, a fast bowler from Kerala, holds the unwanted record for the worst bowling figures in the IPL, having conceded 70 runs in just 24 balls. This is a record that no bowler would want to break.

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