BCCI not happy with Kings XI Punjab’s internal issues

Sankha Ghosh / 01 June 2016

BCCI has expressed its dissapointment with the way in which the internal issues of Kings XI Punjab have now become major concern for them. The issue was actually discussed in the IPL governing council meeting a few weeks ago and it is believed that the board have decided to informally ask the franchise to bring their house in order as soon as possible.

There were a lot of incidents involving Kings Eleven during this IPL that didn’t sit too well with the Bord officials, and a lot of it was responsible for the likely lack of communication between the co-owners of the franchise. For once, when a PIL was filed in the Mumbai High Court over the shifting of IPL matches from Maharashtra because of the drought-like conditions in the state, Ness Wadia — one of the co-owners — suddenly released a statement saying that the franchise has no problem with moving three of their ‘home’ matches from Nagpur.

However, at the same time, an IPL official received an SMS from Preity Zinta, the other co-owner, that the team wants to play their matches at the Jamtha stadium. “The BCCI is upset with how they function. We will be insisting upon them that there should be only one person who will deal with the board. Like with KKR, where Venky Mysore is the lone person, who is in touch with the BCCI. Here in KXIP, everyone is involved in dealing with issues. It has been a cause of embarrassment for the BCCI,” a BCCI official said.

There were also controversies regarding matches being apparently scheduled in Dharamshala when Kings XI Punjab issued a statement claiming that the picturesque venue would be their alternate venue. Later, they even came up with a press release thanking Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president Anurag Thakur for his support.

However, what mostly irked BCCI’s newly elected president, Thakur, was Zinta’s decision to invite Himachal Pradesh chief minister, Virbhadra Singh, for those IPL matches. Particularly because the BCCI was forced to shift the high-profile India vs Pakistan World T20 fixture to Kolkata as Virbhadra Singh had been averse to the match being held in Dharamshala.

Without taking the consent of Anurag Thakur, Zinta invited the chief-minister, knowing very well that Singh’s government had reservations about India vs Pakistan game in Dharmashala. There was no security clearance provided by the government for the IPL matches either.