Ian Botham branded the IPL “too powerful” for the good of cricket and said he believed it should not exist during his MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture.

He said that the tournament gave the perfect opportunity for betting and therefore fixing and based on the subject of corruption he called on the ICC to do more to expose the “big names” involved in corruption.

I’m worried about the IPL – in fact, I feel it shouldn’t be there at all as it is changing the priorities of world cricket,” Botham said. “Players are slaves to it. Administrators bow to it.

How on earth did the IPL own the best players in the world for two months a year and not pay a penny to the boards who brought these players into the game?

I know this has been modified to a degree, but it is still an imbalance. The IPL is too powerful for the long-term good of the game.

Corruption is enough of a problem in itself, but the IPL compounds that problem given it provides the perfect opportunity for betting and therefore fixing.

Talking more on the corruption, he added: “We have seen a few players exposed, but does throwing the odd second XI player into jail solve it? To kill the serpent, you must cut off its head. The ICC Anti-Corruption Unit must pursue the root of the problem and if necessary expose the big names.

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