IPL Opening Ceremony marks the black day for Indian Football


On 2nd April 2013, Indian Football will see another black day as the opening ceremony of the super-hyped Indian Premier League(IPL) will take place at the Salt Lake stadium.

Why are we calling it a black day?

Blank Picture, Yes it is! The black day of Indian Football, when Cricket stabs football

Many matches of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal were rescheduled to Kalyani Stadium for preparations of the opening ceremony and most importantly teams have to play their match at 2PM under the scorching sun where people can hardly walk. The engine named Indian Football is already running out of fuel which is fan base, will have more problems with these kind of events. No one can expect a good quality football match with a good pace to be played at that time of the clock. The conditions are no where close to playing a football match, and that affects the overall quality of the game which will see a steep decrease in pace as the clock moves closer to 90 minutes.

Why not Eden Gardens was chosen for the opening ceremony?
The condition of Salt Lake stadium, undergoing the preparations for IPL opening ceremony, picture courtesy: Sutirtha Chattopadhyay, Bengali Daily Newspaper

Well, probably the answer is pretty clear. Eden Gardens is the venue for the home matches of Kolkata team, and the BCCI(The Board of Council for Cricket in India) is intelligent enough to understand that these kind of Ceremony can take a hit at the ground conditions which will affect afterwards when the real action proceeds. Choosing an alternative was quite easy, situated at the same city with a huge capacity, and used for football, which can easily be overpowered because of its poor administration, The Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan(commonly known as Salt Lake Stadium).

It is a huge mishap which will take place at the region which is known as the "Macca of Indian Football", known for its football following, will see football being stabbed by cricket.

Can't these cricketing legends who are worshiped by half of the country come out against the injustice, picture courtesy: www.espncricinfo.com


Though they are not to be blamed but being a sportsman, cricketers should also know that it is unfair to bring down one sports for the smooth flow of the other. Taking into account the stature of Cricket in India, any sports can be made to bow down to their knees but people should come out and raise their voice against these kind of madness. Even star cricketers should raise their voice and step out because they know what sports is all about and they know what the terms "Respect" and "Professionalism" means. Football is the one who is suffering here and so are the footballers.

So, the Million Dollar Question...What can we do?

What can we do?


We as football fans (or for that matter fans of any sports fan including cricket), can come out and raise our voice. May be protest or boycott these kind of chaotic events. For a Kolkata derby between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, we see full packed stadium, with over 1 Lakh crowd generally, those fans can protest against these events by coming to the stadium with flags of their respective clubs and huge banners. 

Those who are a part of media, either through blogs or site or for that matter are a part of any social network, can raise their voice through their respective mediums by writing about the ridiculous event and making people aware.

No matter what happens, it is sure that the event is going to happen, but we can make a statement, so that the administrative powers of the country take notice and maybe that can avoid such incidents in the future.


So, Are you protesting?

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About Debraj Banerjee

Hi, I am Debraj Banerjee from Adra, West Bengal. A keen follower of Indian football and always an optimist that the game will get the recognition it truely deserves. What we ask from you is your support and one day the dream might turn true. Fingers crossed for Indian football. Cheers!

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