The news from Durban that IPL is finally on has given the franchisees and the other stakeholders of the event a reason to smile. The team owners know that it was a tough call for the IPL organizers but they are happy that the show will go on.
“IPL fans across the world will be quite eager to see how the league unfolds outside India. As for us, we feel South Africa is a better venue option (than England),” a team owner told TOI on Tuesday.
“We are hugely relieved that most of the sponsors have shown positive intent and they wish to continue with their support to the event. India would have been perfect, but we are happy about the fact that at least all the fans can watch the matches on television,” another team owner said.
The franchisees have already started working out the logistics — costs involved and how they can make this event even better than last year.
“Getting visas will not be a problem as the South African government has already declared to roll out a red-carpet welcome to the event. It remains to be seen how much we can gain out of this event,” the owner said.
The IPL, on the other hand, is excited that the continuity of the event will remain intact. “After what happened in the last two weeks, we are able to see some light at the end of the tunnel,” an IPL official said.