When IPL. was shifted out of country,to South Africa , many of us were not happy with the decision. Why India with so much resources could not do it in the country itself, even if it was election time? Or why the I.P.L. people could not wait till elections were over and change the dates? There are many industries like hospitality ,travel etc. and many people involved in ground work get benefitted from these games and shifting of the venue was a set back for them.
However when the IPL started in South Africa I could see the positive aspects of it. The country was taken by storm and it certainly gave a boost to Indian image. South africa is considered a country with high crime rate and it was election time here also,(although here the elections are over in one day only and being a smaller country it is not so complicated) but every thing was organised smoothly in a short time and games are held in a very pleasant atmosphere. People talking about matches,players and the popular bollywood stars, watching matches in restaurants and shops is a common sight.We can always hear the sound of match from neghbouring flat.
Some Indian fares and exhibition are also organised at this time and a lot of crowd goes there. We were happy to see Indian flag on some streets.
We saw some matches in Durban. The crowd at the stadium was very well organised and the atmosphere was filled with Hindi songs and music. People cheering their favourite teams and waving flags of their team or some waving Indian flag enjoyed the games.Overall it was a great experience.
IPL has given a boost to South African economy. Some programmes like giving scholarships to school children and giving money to some particular schools in every match ,has helped made it popular.It has filled this country with pleasant and friendly vibrations.