MUMBAI: Because the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 13th version struggles to search out its toes in the course of a pandemic and sweats on the lack of a sponsor that, till final week, assured the second highest income stream from […]
Caught in a tug-of-war with the BCCI and the IPL GC over the proposed SOPs, and anticipating compensations for this season that the board describes as ‘unwarranted’, the franchises met on Wednesday night – through a teleconference – to revisit their choices.
One franchise needs reimbursements for gate cash; one other needs BCCI to compensate for worth erosion within the wake of Vivo India’s exit or discover substitute(s) on the earliest; a 3rd one needs quarantine guidelines relaxed for a set of gamers who will probably be flying from the Caribbean after the CPL ultimate on September 10; a fourth one needs comparable relaxations for gamers arriving from England after their white-ball collection with Australia. The checklist of calls for and the potential they see for haggling is countless proper now.
The board and the members of the IPL GC, in the meantime, are locked in a separate war-room as this proverbial ‘battle of attrition’ continues. Eager on following the “proper processes”, the BCCI needs to drift an Expression of Curiosity (EOI) to search for Vivo’s substitute.
“BCCI hasn’t but totally closed the chapter on Vivo’s exit for this yr. They’re nonetheless understanding the finalities and are in all probability near it,” sources stated.
The franchises need the board to keep away from floating an EOI – a comparatively time-consuming course of – and as a substitute discover a substitute for Vivo by negotiating “throughout the desk”.
“It’s going to save a number of time,” they are saying. “And time is of essence right here as a result of groups must get collectively, fly to UAE, go into quarantine, perceive how the completely different bio-secure bubbles will work, begin apply and whereas all that is occurring, franchises will want time to activate manufacturers”.
As one group proprietor put it, “A Catch-22 situation is increase and there aren’t any fast solutions. “The BCCI is ready for franchises to revert on the SOPs too. The IPL GC had distributed the SOP draft to group managements within the hope they’d discover most suggestions generally acceptable.
“And that isn’t occurring. The BCCI has all the time had the ultimate say in all IPL issues. So, what it should do now’s tackle the management mantle and draw a line for everyone concerned. If the BCCI would not discover knowledge in compensations, franchises have gotten to dwell with it. If the IPL GC says SOP will imply ‘sanitise whenever you sit down, sanitise whenever you arise’, then that is bought to be the case,” sources stated.