The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is walking on very thin ice as far as the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is concerned. With the T20 tournament scheduled to begin on April 8, there are only four months left and according to the Board ‘not a single contract has been signed yet’.
From player auctions to planning logistics, hiring of creative and management agencies, advertising the league and signing up with a host of vendors for the two-months long cricketing extravaganza have been pending for more than couple of months now.
After the Supreme Court related to BCCI vs Lodha Panel hearing got adjourned till December 9, a top BCCI official admitted that they have no clue what is going on. No game time for MS Dhoni before first ODI against England?
“The International Management Group (IMG) begins work on IPL every year at the beginning of October. They’re not on board yet. The opening ceremony is usually planned five to six months in advance.There’s no word on it. It’s absolute chaos,” a senior BCCI functionary told on Monday.
“The (Lodha) Committee was asked to appoint an auditor and set threshold limit for contracts.The Board even requested the Committee for a meeting. But nothing has moved. I hope the Committee doesn’t expect us to call some DJ Sunny from Bhatinda (pun intended) to perform at the opening ceremony . BCCI vs Lodha panel: Supreme Court adjourns the matter till December 9.
“And if the BCCI needs to match its own standards set in the past for IPL, it needs time to work on things. Given the present uncertainty , the tournament is in real danger,” the official added.
Broadcasters, sponsors and vendors usually begin work on sports properties at least 270-300 days in advance but as of now not even a single contract has been signed yet.