Caution is prudent when expressing any view critical of the Indian Premier League — it’s not always obvious who might be reading or listening, or how much influence they may yield. Young, ambitious players need to be especially careful.

In the earliest years of the tournament, when the after-parties were as important as the matches, you could get away with a lot more than today’s diplomatic stars. But when Dale Steyn accidentally described the tournament as “a very well-paid holiday” he was quickly forced into a grovelling apology and retraction. Explanation, at least...

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