IPL outside India

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Abhijeet Mohanty, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The Indian Premier League never shies away from its share of controversy. Though this isn’t much of a ‘controversy’ as such, it is a consequence of one.

Troubled by the constant shifting of venues and matches of the ongoing Indian Premier League, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is thinking of taking the next edition of the league outside India. The BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur revealed recently that the members of the Indian Premier League governing council will deliberate over whether the 2017 edition of the tournament can be held abroad. There has been a lot of uproar regarding the excess use of water for IPL matches in Maharashtra and this has been an aftermath.

This has been a logistical nightmare for the IPL organizers. The board has suffered and teams have suffered due to cancellation of air tickets and hotel bookings. TV crews are being shifted around to new venues. Hence these have amounted to huge losses for IPL.

The BCCI secretary also said that should the Lodha committee recommendations on the curtailment of advertisements be implemented, it will have a strong impact on the revenue structure.This will affect the franchises and in turn the player salaries. This might compel Indian players to play in other foreign leagues leading to IPL and BCCI bothlosing some of their sheen.Fair to say, it will affect India’s GDP!

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