IPL Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil to Start Look­ing For Venues Abroad

BCCI sec­re­tary Anurag Thakur hints at shift­ing the league out of the country from 2017 Now Ra­jasthan HC Ques­tions Choice of Jaipur as IPL Venue

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The gov­ern­ing coun­cil of the In­dian Premier League (IPL) is likely to dis­cuss shift­ing the 2017 edi­tion of the league out­side In­dia con­sid­er­ing the spate of PILs be­ing filed against the func­tion­ing of the league off late.

“The IPL gov­ern­ing coun­cil will be look­ing at the venues in In­dia and abroad. We have to check the avail­abil­ity of the venues and pre­vail­ing con­di­tions,” BCCI sec­re­tary Anurag Thakur said on Thurs­day. The Bom­bay High Court has asked the league to move all matches be­ing played in drought-hit Ma­ha­rash­tra out of the state af­ter a PIL NGO Lok­satta Move­ment said that 60,000 litres of wa­ter was be­ing used per day to main­tain the ground and pitch at the three sta­di­ums in Ma­ha­rash­tra at a time when many parts of the state are fac­ing drought like con­di­tions. The two af­fected teams from Ma­ha­rash­tra—Mum­bai In­di­ans and Ris­ing Pune Su­per­giants—picked Jaipur and Visakha­p­at­nam as their new home grounds. On Thurs­day, how­ever, the Ra­jasthan High Court asked why matches should be held in Jaipur where the sit­u­a­tion of wa­ter is worse than other places.

Hint­ing at the move, on April 17, BCCI trea­surer had tweeted from his han­dle @Anirud­hChaudhry: Very soon the IPL may be played out­side the country if this goes on :)! Loss to the GDP would not be in­signif­i­cant. IPL has had to move its games over­seas on two oc­ca­sions ear­lier in 2009 to South Africa and in 2014 to UAE on ac­count of the gen­eral elec­tions in In­dia.

Thakur said that if the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Supreme Court-ap­pointed Lodha Com­mit­tee are im­ple­mented, es­pe­cially re­mov­ing ads be­tween overs, it would have a sharp neg­a­tive im­pact on the board’s rev­enues.

“We will have to re­think about the gratis (pen­sion) that is paid to ex-play­ers (for­mer Test and first-class crick­eters),” Thakur said. He also pointed out that the com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions will also shrink the value of broad­cast rights con­sid­er­ably af­ter the cur­rent deal ends in 2017. Mum­bai: The In­dian Premier League’s le­gal woes don’t seem to be end­ing, as the Ra­jasthan High Court has ques­tioned the de­ci­sion to hold some matches of the on­go­ing edi­tion in Jaipur.

Jaipur is one of the venues se­lected to hold the T20 matches that were shifted out of Ma­ha­rash­tra on a Bom­bay High Court or­der, which found fault with us­ing huge amounts of wa­ter to pre­pare the grounds when the state is reel­ing un­der se­vere drought. On Thurs­day, the Ra­jasthan High Court asked the cricket board and the state govern­ment why matches should be held in Jaipur while Ra­jasthan is fac­ing a sim­i­lar wa­ter scarcity.

Hear­ing on a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion, the court is­sued no­tices to the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia, Ra­jasthan Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion and the state govern­ment seek­ing their re­sponse. They need to file the replies by April 27. Af­ter the Bom­bay HC or­dered the BCCI to shift matches sched­uled af­ter May 1 to out­side Ma­ha­rash­tra, the BCCI sug­gested four venues — Vishakha­p­at­nam, Raipur, Kan­pur and Jaipur — to the Mum­bai and Pune teams to hold their ‘home’ matches.

Anurag Thakur

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