There has been varying degrees accommodation among the state units that are to host the IPL matches this year even as the BCCI management is toughening its stand.The 10 staging units are yet to sign the tripartite agreement (BCCI, states and franchises) but some associations say if the payment is assured, even if not made in advance, they would sign the pact. The previous demand was for advance.
“We've never said that we'll not stage the matches. We must be assured of the payment,“ said a member of a state unit that has hitherto been in the forefront of demand for advance payment. “It is in the members' interest that the IPL is held smoothly. The problem is that Lodha panel talked bigger than the Supreme Court and COA talks bigger than Lodha Committee.“
The BCCI pays Rs 30 lakh (post IPL), as much as a franchise (before), for every IPL game. However, some states still insist on advance payment. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri is understood to have written to the states making it clear that the payment will be made only afer the lague is over. The states are now waiting for the March 20 hearing before signing the agreement.
Meanwhile, the BCCI sources have revealed that any state unit that creates obstruction in the conduct of the IPL will face severe consequences. It could mean the management of that particular state unit may even be replaced. The BCCI will seek powers to do that in the Supreme Court on Monday.
Over 100 employees of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) have been on strike for a week demanding salaries. They staff have not received salaries for two months. It could be tricky for the BCCI as Hyderabad is to host eight IPL matches, including the opening and final.
Courtesy: Mumbai Mirror