Mumbai. After what Chris Gayle did to Pune in Bangalore earlier today, BCCI has decided to make IPL an evenly contested tournament and give level playing field to the rival team by giving one over of batting by Gayle.
“The rival team will bat only for 19 overs and the last over – we are calling it the Gayle Equalizer – will be given to Chris Gayle so that some respect and sense is retained in the final scorecard,” IPL chief Rajiv Shukla announced.
Sources confirm that the Gayle Equalizer has been introduced so that IPL doesn’t come under the scanner of the Competition Commission of India as Gayle’s batting makes a mockery of a healthy competition.
“There was a lurking danger that IPL could be dragged to the courts for monopolistic and restrictive trade policies that arise due to Gayle’s batting. IPL didn’t want another government body running for its neck after receiving income tax notices,” a BCCI source revealed.
However, experts believe that all this is a smokescreen and BCCI has introduced this new feature for making IPL more attractive and lucrative.
“All this talk of restrictive and monopolistic trade practice is bullshit,” a corporate affairs expert claimed, “Chris Gayle’s acts could be either termed ‘Act of
Sir Jadeja Sachin God’ or ‘Force Majeure’ such as GayleStorm gale storms, for which no legal liability can be imposed.
“People will die to see an extra over of Gayle’s batting and this will only push up IPL’s TV ratings,” the expert further claimed, “And they will surely earn extra by selling sponsorship rights for the Gayle Equalizer; electronics company GE will be approached I guess.”
Experts predict that this is just the beginning and IPL may introduce a mandatory over of Gayle’s batting in each and every IPL match, so that the West Indian batsman’s full potential is realized before he turns 40 or decides to retire.