In the red, IPL teams likely to play abroad

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Jasvin­der Sidhu jasvin­der.sidhu@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: In­dia’s cricket board has de­vised a plan to keep afloat bleed­ing IPL fran­chises that are strug­gling to break even de­spite nine sea­sons of the glitzy cricket tour­na­ment gen­er­at­ing mil­lions of view­ers and trans­form­ing the short­est for­mat of the game.

The BCCI has amended its by­laws and is likely to al­low In­dian Premier League teams to travel abroad and play ex­hi­bi­tion matches in an at­tempt to re­cover costs.

Ear­lier, all do­mes­tic teams or state as­so­ci­a­tions needed per­mis­sion from the pow­er­ful BCCI work­ing com­mit­tee to travel abroad or for invit­ing any for­eign teams.

But with a tight sched­ule for Team In­dia this year, it is un­likely that any IPL fran­chises will get a chance to travel abroad.

Most teams that have been part of the IPL since its in­au­gu­ral edi­tion in 2008 are in the red.

Three — Mum­bai In­di­ans, Delhi Dare­dev­ils and Kings XI Pun­jab — have taken ad­vances against their tele­vi­sion rights rev­enue for 2016 to main­tain fi­nances.

But now, IPL teams can try to re­cover losses through ticket pro­ceeds in un­tapped cricket view­er­ship ter­ri­to­ries such as Europe, where large pop­u­la­tions of In­dian, Pak­istani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi mi­grants live.

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