Indian Premier League Teams Meet With BCCI Seeking Resolution Of Revenue Issue
The eight franchises of the Indian Premier League will be "keen to know" how the Board of Control for Cricket in India plans to "make up for their revenue losses at their meeting" with the Board and IPL officials in Chennai, according to the DECCAN HERALD. The teams are "likely to see a significant reduction in their earnings" as a "part of the T20 event" that has been shifted to the UAE due to general elections in the country. Gate collections are one of the "major revenues for the hugely popular league but given their experience in the second edition, which was held in South Africa again due to its clash of dates" with the '09 general elections, they fear "huge losses" (DECCAN HERALD, 3/18).
THREE DIFFERENT PHASES: In New Delhi, Gireesh Babu reported this year's IPL matches will "be played in three different phases." The seven venues were confirmed in India, which does not "include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Punjab for now." The BCCI said that the opening match, "on the phase I, will be on April 16 in Abu Dhabi." BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said that 20 matches will be played outside India and 20 in India. Matches in India "will be played after May 1." So far, the "venues fixed in India include Gujarat, Karnataka, Orissa, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh" (Indian BUSINESS STANDARD, 3/19).