The very first major controversy was when legends Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman didn’t play in the inaugural 2007 edition.
The official version is that they opted out. That's strange because they became IPL T20 aficionados for years later on. So were they actually told to step down over the 2007 ODI World Cup debacle? Or were they dropped and told in advance to avoid controversy? We shall never know!
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