The brief and inglorious history of the IPL is riddled with controversy.
A rollcall of past shenanigans include the sacking of Lalit Modi just before the presentation ceremony following the final in 2010, the termination and subsequent reinstatement of the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab franchises in 2010, and the scrapping of the Kochi Tuskers Kerala franchise in 2011.
It's hard to live up to those standards year after year, let alone surpass them, but the IPL has pulled it off in 2012, its annus horribilis.
Image: Lalit Modi flanked by N Srinivasan and Vijay Mallya in happier times.
Text: Sankhya Krishnan