The verdict declared by the RM Lodha committee regarding the fate of the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals is bound to have several implications on the functioning of the Indian Premier League. The verdict clearly states that due to the “owners” violating the norms, the two sides have been banned from participating in the IPL for 2 years. Along with that, Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan, the team officials of the Royals and the Super Kings respectively have been handed life bans from participating in any cricket matches.
The move was gladly embraced by some sections of the cricketing fraternity while a few individuals thought otherwise and felt that the bearing of the outcome was too severe. The stratum in favor of the ban feels that such a step is necessary in order to set a clear example within the IPL for other sides. However, one thing regarding the ban is absolutely certain, there are bound to be several repercussions on the IPL.
A clear impact will be on the fans of the two sides. Considering that the Supreme Court too upholds the ban, then the Royals and the Super Kings surely will not be a part of IPL 9 and even IPL 10. This will directly result in a lot of resentment within the fan base of the IPL as a whole. With a lot of worshipped names not around, the television ratings of the IPL will surely dip down to an all time low. Just imagine an IPL without MS Dhoni, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane and a few others. In fact, its just impossible to even have the audacity to imagine such a thing!
With fans of the players and the teams likely to give the IPL a miss, this will have a direct bearing on the financial front. Firstly, due to the television rating heading southwards, the brands willing to shell out in extravagance on the advertisements will no longer want to spend so much. Brands like Pepsi, Yes Bank and a few others will definitely try to negotiate the value of their advertisement expenditures. In return, this will have a negative effect on the total revenues generated from the IPL.
A non financial implication would be the faith of the fans which would be on the line. Just try to step into the shoes of an individual who idolizes MS Dhoni and now realizes that his role model will no longer play the next two seasons of the IPL. The faith instilled in the league by that individual will simply be shattered. Not just from the IPL alone, but that individual will begin to doubt the entire sport. This will have a denting impact on the ethics of cricket.
The absence of some high profile names such as Dhoni, McCullum, Faulkner and Bravo will lead to a fall in the entertainment quotient. Now the further implication of that is just a no-brainer! With a fall in the overall entertainment derived from the IPL, the viewers would obviously switch over to other mediums for entertainment. And there goes the same old point of a dip in the TRP’s and there you go!
However, there is still some outside chance of the players of the two franchises making it to IPL 9, if not the teams. As per the guidelines of the IPL, a team which has been ousted can surely be taken over by new owners. In return, the legal formalities have to be taken care of. For instance, the team will have a different name, symbol, logo and jersey. This was exactly the case of Sunrisers Hyderabad, whose owners had taken over from Deccan Chargers. The bulk of the squad had remained the same, but just the owners had changed. But for that to happen, the existing owners of the Super Kings and the Royals will have to relinquish their rights as the owners and would have to sell off their stakes.
A minor possibility is that the there could even be fresh auctions. This could happen if no one is willing to buy the franchises of Jaipur and Chennai. As a consequence of that happening, all the players of the Royals and the Super Kings will be in the auctions. This means that even MS Dhoni could be a part of the player auctions. As per latest reports, the BCCI has already sent out an unofficial word seeking the response of likely replacements for the Royals and the Super Kings.
The clear fate of the two sides might still not be known, but one thing is for certain. The IPL will never remain the same as before!