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
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.