SPOT-FIXING CHARGES DROPPED!
However, with the change in dynamics from this season, the owners no longer have to pay an annual franchise fee coupled with a huge surge in assured income from the central pool. With the result, all eight franchises are expected to earn a massive amount.
Rs. 250 crore for each
For instance, each franchisee is assured of at least Rs 250 crore from the central pool by the BCCI. Sources in the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association confirm that, apart from the said sum, the gate receipts and income from team sponsors would enable each franchisee to earn not less than Rs 300 crore. When it comes to expenses, player and coach fee, along with operational costs, are not expected to exceed Rs 150 crore.
The IPL has also inspired the mushrooming of leagues across the cricket playing world. For instance, the United Arab Emirates had recently organised a ten-over tournament, where former Indian players like Virendra Shewag participated. The West Indies Board is also contemplating for a 100-over tournament to attract the cricket fans all over the world.
When India refused to play the first day-night test match proposed by the Australian Cricket Board, many eye-brows were raised, but the BCCI quickly changed its gear by organising an inaugural test match against Afghanistan at Bangaluru, scheduled from July 14, this year. With the IPL offering financial security to a wide range of cricketers, it has encouraged other cricket nations like Sri Lanka to make a similar attempt, but the harsh reality has dawned on the Lankan Board, that it would be wellnigh-impossible to stage such a tournament in their country, until and unless it is blessed by the BCCI.
The massive success of IPL has also encouraged other sporting associations to have their own leagues with attractive prize money. However, it is a noble gesture on the part of the BCCI, when it has decided to assist other sporting associations in India financially for the growth of other disciplines.
Coming to this year’s IPL tournament, the much fancied CSK won the eleventh Indian Premier League competition with thumping success. In the one-sided final, the team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, made a mince-meat of the Opposition team, Kings Eleven Hyderabad led by Kane Williamson, in the Wankhede Stadium, at Mumbai recently.
The coveted one-and-ahalf month tournament that began on April seven this year, with eight fancied teams, led by their franchises, and concluded on May 27, proved beyond doubt, the supremacy of CSK over its rivals. Not for once, Dhoni and his men led their guard down, even though they lost a few games to other teams like Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Dare Devils, before reaching the qualifier stage with 18 points in its kitty.
There is no iota of doubt that CSK and SRH deserved to be in the qualifier, as both the popular teams surged ahead with array of victories in the initial round, as well as in the second stage. Apart from them, KKR, KXIP, Rajasthan Royals and, Mumbai Indians rose to the occasion. The performances of Royal Challengers, Bangalore and DDD left much to be desired, although they tried their level best to make up in the penultimate round.
The defending champions MI disappointed the cricket lovers with their shoddy display in the first round, even though they tried to catch up with other teams in the second round. KXIP has to be blamed for missing a gold opportunity to reach the qualifier, as the team led by its new captain, Ravichandran Ashwin, despite playing well in the first seven matches by reaching on top of other teams in points-table, failed
to accelerate the proceedings with string of losses in the second round.
KKR has to be squarely blamed for not surging ahead, after beating RR led by Ajinkya Rahane in the second qualifier of the tournament. The team, representing Kolkata, had squandered the golden opportunity to beat SRH and book a spot in the final, after the team led by Dinesh Karthik, poised for a onesided finish when it reached 93 runs for the loss of one wicket in the first ten-over. Likewise, the KXIP caved in meekly, after the Punjab team was well set to beat Mumbai Indians in the second round.
The fortune fluctuated for other teams, too. For instance, Rajasthan Royals was an unlucky loser on a few occasions. Similarly, the inconsistent batting and bowling let down the Royal Challengers, Bangalore, led by Virat Kohli, who is also the captain of the Indian team. The team Delhi Dare Devils, led by Shreyas Iyer, was found wanting in the fielding department, even though they had the former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, known for his ability to field like a panther in his hey days, as their mentor and fielding coach.
A few franchises repented for fielding some players, who were not even worth half the amount. For instance, if RR heavily relied on Ben Stokes, whom they purchased for 14.5 crore, the franchisee had to cut a sorry figure, as the all-rounder from England was all at sea, as far as his batting display was concerned. Stokes had more or less remained as a passenger in the team throughout the tournament. Had another player and wicket keeper from
England, Butler, not been around with his scintillating form, RR would not have qualified for the last four stages.
Likewise, MI felt that the Caribbean player Kieran Pollard had disappointed the connoisseurs of the game, with his insipid performance. Similarly, if KXIP had the mortification of finding their one-time reliable batsman, Yuvraj Singh, not setting the cricket grounds ablaze with his trade-mark boundaries and volley of sixes, the franchisee’s Aussie recruit, Andrew Tye, for Rs 12.5 crore, had more than compensated it with his mind-boggling Yorkers and express deliveries.
The RCB had to rely on Kohli and the recently retired South African player D’Villiers for creating a positive impact on the tournament. The champions CSK displayed that it owes its victory more to the team spirit than of any individual display, even though Ambati Rayadu, who scored maximum runs in the tournament and the Aussie opener Shane Watson emerged with flying colours at a consistent rate.
The moot point, however, is, will the increasing popularity of IPL erode the charm and appeal for test cricket? Some analysts and administrators of the game opine that that One Day Internationals and Twenty-20 event cannot mar the attraction towards test matches, although some of them are of the opinion that it can be reduced to four playing days, instead of five at present.
A few old-timers and cricket enthusiasts, used to watching test matches for five days, and if the situation warranted, for six days in the yesteryear, with a rest day in-between, are anxious that the finer-points and nuances of test cricket should not be missed after the advent of so many oneday games. Importantly, the importance of domestic tournaments like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy should not pale into insignificance in the anxiety to build up tournaments like Tamil Nadu Premier League, they reasoned.
A few franchises repented for fielding some players, who were not even worth half the amount. For instance, if RR heavily relied on Ben Stokes, whom they purchased for 14.5 crore, the franchisee had to cut a sorry figure, as the all-rounder from England was all at sea, as far as his batting display was concerned.
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