Among a host of issues concerning the shift of the first twenty Indian Premier League matches to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) later this month, a key aspect revolves around compensating the eight franchises who will end up losing a good chunk of their respective home games.
Each franchise is scheduled to play an approximate five matches at the three venues — Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah — in the UAE. When the tournament returns to India, Rajasthan Royals will see an additional four matches being shifted from Jaipur to Ahmedabad, primarily because of the controversy surrounding the tussle between the BCCI and Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA).
Shifting of matches outside the country would mean substantial losses for the franchises that are looking forward to their share of home games because of their various sponsorship commitments. The BCCI/IPL is presently busy trying to figure how these franchises can be compensated.
“It is being looked into. It will take some time to calculate the exact amount of compensation,” interim BCCI/IPL chief Sunil Gavaskar said on Friday in Mumbai. “There are lot of factors to look at as far as the compensation package is concerned. I am pretty certain they won’t be too disappointed (when the compensation is finalized ),” the former India captain added. It is pertinent to note at this moment that compensation will certainly be in place for the franchises and only the quantum is yet to be decided.
The BCCI/IPL franchise document clearly states that the board reserves complete right to shift any match from one venue to another as it feels necessary. However, there’s no clarity on whether the BCCI needs to inform the franchises about the shift much in advance simply because of the demanding logistics involved.
Gavaskar refused to be drawn into the controversy surrounding the shifting of Rajathan Royals’ home matches saying “all RCA (Rajasthan Cricket Association) matters are sub-judice.”
In addition, he also noted that other franchises like Chennai Super Kings and the Kings XI Punjab too would be missing out on some of their regular home matches because of the elections. “These decisions have been taken because of the same reason (elections) and nothing else,” he said.
Gavaskar once again reiterated that he has been in touch with all the franchisees and sponsors and has exchanged views and information with them on phone. “The first and foremost thing is we have put in a lot of measures in place. The recommendations of Justice Mudgal committee report have been accepted. We hope that with all the things in place, we will have a tournament that will be remembered for only its cricket.”