Tuesday, 6 December 2016

IPL 2017 edition in real danger: BCCI

MUMBAI: The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) is walking on very thin ice presently as far as the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is concerned. With the IPL 2017 scheduled to begin on April 5, there are only four months left before the first ball is scheduled to be bowled and the BCCI says "not a single contract has been signed yet".

From hosting of the player auctions to planning logistics, hiring of creative and management agencies, advertising the league and signing up with a host of vendors for the two-month long cricketing extravaganza have been pending for more than two months already. After the Supreme Court hearing got adjourned from December 5 to 9 on Monday, a top BCCI official admitted that the board was staring into an abyss as far as IPL is concerned.

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"And if the BCCI needs to match its own standards set in the past for IPL, it needs time to work on things. Given the present uncertainty , the tournament is in real danger," the official added.

BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke had written to the Lodha Committee on October 28 highlighting that the image of the board as a professional organisation had taken a serious beating because of the prevailing uncertainty and devalued revenues. The BCCI now says continuation of uncertainty will further strain BCCI's revenue streams. Shirke had written to the committee highlighting a long list of vendors that had to be appointed going into the IPL 2017 season.

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"It's been a month and a week now and nothing has actually moved," the official pointed out.

The Lodha Committee, meanwhile, has shut all lines of communication as it waits for the Supreme Court to hear the matter on December 9.


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