The Committee of Administrations (COA) has taken a strong view of the protesting state associations ahead of the next month's Indian Premier League (IPL). During a meeting in Delhi yesterday, the COA decided to seek permission from the Supreme Court to take action against the state units that would impede the smooth conduct of the IPL. The IPL runs from April 5 to May 21.
The main agenda of the meeting was to ensure conduct of the league and discuss the potential impediments. Some state units have been demanding advance payments to stage the IPL matches and the COA is clear that no payment can be made as there is no legal or conventional provision.
Now the legal team of the BCCI, rather the COA, will argue the point in the Supreme Court when the matter comes up for hearing on March 20. The COA might seek permission from the court to take all possible action against anyone obstructing the tournament.“The states are well aware that the payment goes to them two weeks after the league is over.Most of them are sitting with heavy back balance.
Anyway, we make the payments only after the tournament is over, not before it.Besides, the states are not entitled for any money till they give undertakings on the Lodha reforms. That is a Supreme Court order,“ a source in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said.
As has been widely reported, the states have been contending that they cannot allow their balance money utilised without getting any payments from the BCCI. At least seven of the 10 hosting associations have been demanding advance payment. For the record, the states get Rs 30 lakh for every game from the BCCI. The franchises also pay a similar amount.
The other key point of the meeting was to take stock of the situation in the International Cricket Council (ICC), following the resignation of Shashank Manohar. The COA is of the view that it would not compromise on the rev enue share for the BCCI from the ICC income, a burning topic in the recent times in the world cricket.
Meanwhile, in a first of sorts in IPL, three top marketing agencies came together recently to sign a sponsorship deal. FreeCharge, a leading Indian digital payments platform, wanted to sub-licence its contract to another firm for this year and it needed PMG, Group M and IMGReliance to hammer out an arrangement with the Future Group.
The agreement was signed with IMG representing the BCCIIPL, Group M representing the Future Group and PMG was the agent for FreeCharge. The deal, worth about Rs 25 crore, was closed last week.
FreeCharge had come on IPL board last year signing a two-year deal and this year, it has sub-licenced its right to Future Group (FBB) to be the tournament's official partner. None of the parties involved came on record but all of them have confirmed being involved in the negotiations.
Courtesy: Mumbai Mirror