The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), who are captaining the ship of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), are currently dealing with a mega storm — a joint mutiny of a majority of the member associations, regarding the hosting of India Premier League (IPL) matches this season.
For arranging the IPL matches, the state associations are supposed to be paid Rs 60 lakh for each game. The local franchise pay Rs 30 lakh, and the other half is given by the BCCI. In total, the state associations are slated to receive Rs 4.2 crore for seven home games of each IPL team. The state associations spend this fund on practice sessions, games, floodlights, ground staff and so on.
However, this season, the Supreme Court has disallowed the BCCI to release any fund to any of the association, until they completely implement the Lodha recommendations and so far amongst 28 full members only two — Vidarbha and Tripura — have adopted all the recommendations. But, both associations are not slotted amongst the 10 associations who will be organising IPL matches this season.
The tenth edition of this premier T20 event, which is scheduled to be played April 5 to May 21, will be played across 10 venues and the local associations have made it clear, until and unless they receive a guarantee of payment by the COA before the IPL, the will not start the preparations.
According to a report by Times of India, if IPL 2017 gets postponed, the Indian cricket board could incur losses over Rs 2,500 crore and go bankrupt.
“If they even think of touching the IPL, it’ll be a disaster. Consider this: Even for the sake of an argument, if the 2017 IPL is not held, BCCI will incur losses in excess of Rs 2,500 crore. It’ll be bankrupt,” a BCCI official has been quoted saying in the report.
Meanwhile, the current set of administrators in BCCI find it hard to believe that an “association that has assets and fixed deposits to the tune of Rs250 crore are thinking of not hosting IPL games because it wants guarantee to a payment of just Rs 4 crore.
“State associations stand to earn Rs 4.2 crore [Rs 60 lakh per match] for all league matches scheduled to be hosted. Of that money, Rs 2.1 crore [Rs 30 lakh] is paid by the franchises and the remaining half by the BCCI.
“These are tactics which the COA understands very well now. Let’s not forget that the SC is watching,” the official added.
But, according to some reports, insiders in BCCI believe that eventually the Supreme Court will step in and allow the BCCI to release funds for the IPL matches, like they did in the course of India’s ongoing home series New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.
From fans and stakeholders’ point of view, we believe, IPL is an important platform for the youngsters to showcase their talent. In the end, the game should not suffer because of the administrative issues.