Based on some associations saying they have built infrastructure but are not getting international matches that can help them maintain their stadium, the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) is investigating the possibility that two IPL matches per. teams can be played at neutral venues from next season onwards. The proposal was made by a couple of state associations during the board’s annual general meeting in Kolkata on Saturday, and the associations want the board to ask the IPL teams to play at least two matches each at different venues.
The topic came up after BCCI asked state associations to develop infrastructure that the board would help them financially with. Some associations therefore pointed out that they have the necessary infrastructure but that they do not get games. Currently, each association can host at least one international match over the course of three years, as part of the board’s rotation policy. But given the large number of international stadiums in the country, 24 in the latest count, many venues get only a few matches.
It is often smaller associations that carry the head. “A small association holds international games every three or sometimes four years,” a BCCI official pointed out in terms of anonymity. “BCCI wants each association to build their own stadium and infrastructure. A few government associations claimed that they have built stadiums and do not get any competitive matches. It would be better if BCCI decides to also have IPL games on these smaller venues so they can get some revenue while generating interest [among the locals],” he said.
Previously, some IPL franchises had allocated games to smaller venues. The Punjab Kings used to play their games in Dharamshala and Indore. The Delhi Capitals have played in Raipur, and the Chennai Super Kings moved matches to Ranchi, the hometown of their talisman, MS Dhoni.
With two new IPL teams set to play in the IPL from next season, some associations believe BCCI should make it mandatory for IPL teams to play in neutral venues. “There will be 10 IPL teams from next season. If these ten teams decide to play two matches each, 20 matches can be played in a neutral place. It will help states generate revenue while also helping state associations. The Indian government has informed us that they will investigate it and talk to the IPL franchise, “said a member of the state association.
Retired judge to the main committee
The board has approached a retired Chief Justice to investigate CVC Capital Partners’ acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise, one of the two new teams from the next edition, a few weeks ago.
CVC Capital reportedly has links to a betting company, which the board was only told after the team acquired the franchise. CVC Capital Partners’ apparently has links to Tipico, a sports betting and online betting company, and Sisal, a consumer / retail betting and payment company.
The board has not given a letter of intent to CVC and the fate of the franchisee is in the hands of the retired judge. The Indian Board of Directors had issued a tender process inviting bids for its two new franchises. While Sanjiv Goenka’s company won Lucknow, CVC won the bid for Ahmedabad.