Monday, March 23, 2009

Taking the "I" out of IPL

The news is out this morning that the body which administers cricket (and huge amounts of money!), the BCCI, is looking for a temporary home for the Indian Premier League 20/20 tournament. Cricinfo reports:

Explaining the decision to move out, N Srinivasan, the BCCI general secretary, said the Indian board was not in a position to either play a truncated IPL or to cancel the tournament's second edition. "It is a matter of great regret that, in the prevailing atmosphere, where the government is expressing concern for providing security to the IPL matches, the BCCI is left with no other option but to conduct the IPL in another country," he said.

Manohar said the board considered all aspects of the matter at an mergency meeting. "We are aware that the people of India love this event and have given us great support last year and are eager for this year's event," he said. "We made our best efforts to see that the event takes place in India. However, because of the government's attitude that they cannot provide security, particularly by the states of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, we were forced to take a decision to move the event out of India.


Doubtless there will be a lot of relieved players who, following the recent events in Pakistan, had genuine concerns about plying their trade on the sub-continent. Without assurances from the Indian government that player safety could be guaranteed, it was hard to see the tournament proceeding, so the decision is both pragmatic and player-centred. We are a little surprised that the Australian Cricket Board hasn't jumped to the BCCI's aid as yet, given that Australia is probably the closest to India in terms of time-zones, however more may happen today. Stay tuned ...

7 comments:

Barnsley Bill said...

It will have to be England or S. Africa.. Resident Indian populations are huge in those countries.

Inventory2 said...

Good point BB, and one I hadn't thought of. Having visited South Africa a number of times, I should have remembered the large number of Indians there, especially in the Natal province. There would ceratinly be worse places to be based than Durbs by the sea!

Leg Break said...

Inv,

Australia may be close to India in timezones, but it’s the wrong way.

So to have a game at the MCG that would fit Indian TV viewers, it would need to start at midnight. Day games in England or South Africa (how safe is SA, really?) fit in perfectly with India.

And it’s nothing to do with the resident Indian populations; it’s a made for TV event.

And I’m pretty sure every IPL side has a SA player in it now, so that’s enough local interest.

listorbit said...

Its interesting to see the reaction from South Africa and England.

Inventory2 said...

Tell us more listorbit - I haven't caught up with much since this morning

Leg Break said...

Crawling all over each other for a bit of this I expect.

Barnsley Bill said...

unlikely. Bollywood idols with unfeasible teeth lording it all over them.