The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League [IPL] is yet to start but already it has been embroiled in controversies.
From official title sponsor Vivo walking out due to the ongoing tensions between India and China, leading to a decrease in revenues to Covid-19 hitting the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings and the subsequent controversy around Suresh Raina’s exit from the tournament, it has been a bumpy ride thus far.
And, now, if the reports in media are to be believed, a leading IPL franchise is expressing concerns with regards to the monetary losses incurred by the team in the Covid-19 hit cash-rich league.
A senior office-bearer and BCCI administrator has now lambasted the franchise for being ‘pound foolish’, reiterating that the board will not compensate for any loss incurred by the franchises.
“Franchises are being penny-wise and pound foolish. What if there was no IPL this year? Would they be making any money? There are more random questions – like who will pay for agencies appointed by BCCI, who will bear costs of match operations? Who will compensate for costs incurred for hosting practice sessions? The board is clear that there will be no compensations.” BCCI official was quoted as saying by Times of India.
‘Absurd Demands’- BCCI offical lambasts IPL franchises
The official further added that at a time when the franchises should be thinking of contributing to the Covid-19 victims of the country, they are indulging in making ‘absurd’ demands, reiterating that each of them will be making close to Rs 150 crore.
“At a time when franchises should be wondering how to do something for COVID victims in the country, they are counting pennies. Are they not making money? Each franchise will earn around Rs 150 cr this IPL. These are absurd demands.” the official added.
Coming back to the 2020 edition, the BCCI is yet to release the schedule for the tournament. But if the reports are to be believed, Royal Challengers Bangalore might replace Covid-19 hit CSK in the opening fixture against the defending champions, Mumbai Indians.