Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most entertaining tournaments not only in India but also across the world. However, the franchises and stakeholders now want the league to be played within 10 teams but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not happy to the idea. They want all the bases covered first as they don’t want to repeat the 2011 incident where the league had to go back from 10 to 8 teams due to some issues. While speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that every step needs to be calculated and the franchisees need to understand the basic reality before taking the giant step.
“They are our stakeholders and the BCCI shares a very good relationship with the franchisees. We are concerned that such opaque behaviour and casual statements and remarks by someone in the senior professional management can unnecessarily mar the trust and relation between the BCCI and the franchisees. Some people seem to thrive in creating misunderstandings in order to compensate for their lack of competence. When the time comes, we will have a sincere dialogue with the franchisees on this,” the official told.
“Even we want new teams, but we must take into account ground realities. But some people seem to think that they have become the owners of the BCCI and that they can sell the BCCI properties on a whim only to further their own interests. They seem to be selling fantasies to those who care to believe. Who is the BCCI? The collection of members. With the problems that have been going on for the last three years, the first order of the day is to bring sanity to the proceedings at the grassroots,” the official added.
“An informal gathering which is not a forum under the BCCI constitution obviously cannot take decisions but they must discuss all these points as we encourage interactions and different view points. If CEO Rahul Johri was aware of such a meeting, why did he not inform the office bearers of the same? Is transparency only something that must be confined to words?” he asked.
The official further added: “Here we could not settle the number 4 batsman debate and someone seems to be hoping for 44 new players of a near-international level. Basics first please.”
Only time can tell if this will happen in future or not.