The BCCI, in a new turn of events, came up with the decision of inviting two fresh bids for franchises within the IPL. The supreme cricketing body of India also stayed with the verdict of the Lodha committee, meaning that the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals have been suspended for two years. This has put the functioning of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in great scrutiny as the two sides had a cult following among the cricket viewers across the globe.
The two teams were banned after it was found that their owners had indulged in corrupt activities such as betting, which tarnished the overall reputation and image of the IPL. A few months ago, the Lodha committee, in its verdict announced that the two sides would be suspended from the IPL for two seasons. The BCCI, headed by Shashank Mohar has invited bids for two new franchises for the upcoming season of the IPL. This is done in order to fill the vacuum created by the absence of the Super Kings and the Royals. After two years however, with the Super Kings and the Royals returning to the IPL, the tournament will be a ten team affair.
The recent decision of the BCCI has meant that a lot of questions linger around the fate of the Super Kings and the Royals. We glance through the five questions that have risen due to the BCCI’s decision of suspending the two IPL sides for a couple of years.
1. What happens to the players of CSK and RR?
This undoubtedly is the most significant question related to the personnel of the two sides. The fate of the players involved is a matter of great concern for the IPL Governing Council. The likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane are some of the high profile players constituting the two sides. If the two new IPL franchises participate in the upcoming edition, then we might well witness a fresh player auction. This can mean that even a player as humungous as MS Dhoni can be up for grabs in the auction. The uncertain future of some renowned cricketers indeed is a serious issue for the integrity of the IPL.
2. What about the “innocent” individuals from the two sides?
It is often said that one rotten egg spoils the entire basket! Distressingly, that is the exact condition of the Super Kings and the Royals. Just because of the misdeeds of Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, the innocent individuals of the Super Kings and Royals respectively cannot suffer. The Lodha committee strictly stated that the owners were banned from the IPL for two years. So what happens to the innocent individuals in the side who just wanted to be a part of the IPL? They now surely seem to face an uncertain future, as the possibility of being redundant for a couple of years also remains.
3. Will the IPL be a ten team affair after two years?
The answer to the possibility of the IPL becoming a ten team affair after two years seems very likely. A few influential members within the IPL Governing Council had made it evident that at no cost would the IPL remain just a six team tournament had the Super Kings and Royals been suspended. The invitation of fresh bids for new franchises is a clear indication of the fact that the IPL is bound to be a ten team affair post two years. This will have further consequences on the IPL as a whole.
4. What about the endorsers of CSK and RR?
The absence of CSK and RR will not just damage the two franchises fundamentally, but even from the economic and financial perspective. Millions of dollars have been invested in the two IPL franchises from several globally renowned brands. The absence of the two franchises will mean that these brands could be in line to lose a lot of money as a result. Another grave consequence could be that some of the brands could go on to legally sue the two IPL sides in order to be compensated for their losses.
5. Is it fair for the fans of the two teams?
The general fans are the ones who make the IPL what it is today. Banning the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals means that the fans of the respective teams will feel betrayed and neglected. Just imagine the agony of that CSK fan, who would not have even a team to cheer for in the upcoming couple of editions of the IPL. Such neglected fans might even go on to the extent of boycotting the IPL as a whole. This could further have dire consequences on the profitability of the IPL.