BCCI’s choice to scale back the quantity that the eight franchises would have obtained had met with opposition. The franchises have written to BCCI asking it to rethink the transfer, however IPL chairman Brijesh Patel advised HT: “The franchises’ views will be put up before the IPL Governing Council that will meet soon. Then we will decide. But it’s unlikely that we can have any change.”
Franchises of the 4 groups qualifying for the playoffs have been being awarded from a ‘playoff standing fund’ of R50 crore, with the winners getting R20 crore. This prize fund has been halved by BCCI, which has argued that the franchises are actually self-adequate. “This fund was in place because the franchisees told us in 2013 that they were not making money in IPL. Now they are doing well. It’s just loss in profits (for them),” Patel mentioned.
In the letter to BCCI, the franchises name the fund “a strong incentive for teams to continually improve the performance”. It provides: “We collectively believe rewinding that will be a step backward in the progress of the IPL.”
The different level of rivalry is the BCCI choice to increase the venue staging charge for franchises from R30 lakh to R50 lakh, payable to the associations that stage the matches. “The associations bring about no improvement in stadium facilities and want more money,” a franchise official advised HT.
BCCI will not be inclined to rethink this transfer both. “It’s not just decided that the franchises have to pay the associations more, even BCCI is paying them more. The state unit’s expenses too have gone up,” Patel mentioned.
However, some franchises are upbeat. They are hopeful as their presenting a collective view itself is a primary and displays energy, and really feel some among the many BCCI prime brass could possibly be thoughtful. “It’s important for BCCI to respect the franchises as stakeholders and give them their due. We will be watching BCCI’s response closely,” a prime franchise official mentioned.