The tussle between Lodha panel and BCCI has already gone from bad to worse and now after few warnings and scares, its impact is finally on the field as BCCI has said that IPL 2017 is in real danger. This is not just a warning, as usual, the arrangments for an IPL season begins at least 6-7 months ahead of the league but nothing has been done till now, thus putting IPL 2017 in real jeopardy, “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 TOI on Monday.
All the tussle between Lodha Panel and BCCI began when the supreme court asked the Lodha Committee to take over BCCI accounts and made them accountable to provide a certain amount of funds to organise the games. Baffled by the decision of the apex court, BCCI created a sensation by announcing that the third Test between India and New Zealand, which was played in Indore might be cancelled, they further scared by creating a news of ODI series being cancelled and finally ended by creating another sensation by announcing that they do not have enough funds to host England.
This is not all as there is, as there is one more barrier which blocks BCCI’s way to organise IPL as there is a clear mention in Lodha recommendations that there should be a space of 15 days before international players take part in two different series or leagues. With Test series against Australia ending on March 29, players will have just one week of rest before IPL which starts on April 5 and will have a week rest before they leave the country to play Champions Trophy 2017 to be played in England.
Surely, the BCCI will find one or the other way to organise IPL but this 15-day period clause will be something that remains inexplicable. We can expect a clear decision or clear ruling over this on December 9 when Supreme Court hears both the parties.
The IPL auction for the upcoming season will be held on February 4 in Bangalore.