Initial IPL ties may go abroad

Dates of IPL & general elections likely to clash.


New Delhi:
The initial matches of the 2014 IPL could be played abroad while the business end of the lucrative T20 league is likely to be held in India due a likely clash of dates with the general elections that are expected to take place from mid-April.

This issue was discussed at a BCCI working committee meeting in Chennai on Thursday, but nothing has been finalised as yet because the dates of the general elections haven’t been announced.

BCCI is expected to draw up the IPL itinerary only after the election schedule is declared. The IPL, which lasts around 55 days, usually starts in the first week of April while elections are likely to begin in mid-April, as per indications.

“The members discussed the likely relocation of the IPL. It was mentioned that since the dates of IPL and general elections are likely to clash, the initial IPL matches could be played abroad while the later matches would be held in India,” a working committee member told Mail Today.

Sri Lanka could be an option for the BCCI, and according to unconfirmed reports, as many as 12 games could be played in the Emerald Island.

Apart from the IPL issue, the working committee approved a revolutionary draft proposal to completely overhaul the International Cricket Council (ICC). The 21-page proposal has been prepared by a working group comprising BCCI president N Srinivasan, and officials of Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

The working committee “authorised” the BCCI office-bearers to “enter into agreements with ICC for participating in ICC events and host ICC events, subject to the proposal being approved in the ICC Board”, according to BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel.

He also said the office bearers have been given the power to “discuss bilateral matches with other full members, including Pakistan, and sign formal FTP [Future Tours Programme] agreements” with them.

So far, the Test-playing nations have had to sign the FTP schedule.

Interestingly, BCCI has not signed the current FTP schedule.

The proposal asks the ICC Executive Board to pass the recommendations in the position paper by April so that the media rights tender could be floated for the 2015-2023 cycle. If the proposals are passed, the BCCI would be the biggest gainer as it says over 70 per cent of the ICC’s income comes from India.

“The details of the ICC draft ‘position paper’ were explained to the members through a powerpoint presentation. No questions were asked by the members who unanimously approved the proposal,” an official told Mail Today.

Interestingly, the working committee approved the proposal even before the ICC Executive Board could take up a revolutionary 21-page position paper that seeks to overhaul the world body, including its group structure, governance, and financial model.

The approval came in the absence of Srinivasan as his mother passed away early on Thursday morning. Senior-most BCCI vice-president Shivlal Yadav (south zone) chaired the meeting.

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