It is decided. South Africa will host this year's IPL ending the uncertainty of possible clash of dates with the general elections. An agreement to this effect has been reached with Cricket South Africa.
In the recently concluded IPL auction in Bangalore, the governing council of the IPL met the franchisee owners and appraised them of the preparedness required to head to the Rainbow nation. However, the latter half of the tournament will be brought back into India once the elections are over and the government fulfilling its commitment in providing security deployment.
An unimpeachable source, who is also an official of a franchise, revealed that the governing council in its earnestness discussed in greater detail how they have decided to move the marquee tournament to South Africa after careful consideration of various possible other venues. It was learnt that the advantage of having already hosted one edition of the league in 2009, CSA's excellent infrastructure and existing apparatus which the IPL can avail to avoid unnecessary logistical nightmare if it were go anywhere else.
The BCCI also took cognisance of perception in arriving at this decision — having to stage in places like Sharjah or Abu Dhabi would have cast aspersions on the image of the tournament owing to a strong presence of a betting syndicate in these places.
Confirming this development a top BCCI official said, "We can understand the home ministry's problem, elections are paramount, it requires higher vigilance and to expect it to spare the security forces in the middle of elections would cause a great deal of inconvenience, if intelligence inputs are to be taken seriously. South Africa is the best and the only option we have."
Realising that moving the IPL outside India is going to be a costly affair for the franchises as their gate receipts and sponsorships are going to be affected, the BCCI has worked out a compensation package to write off the losses. It was learnt that the BCCI will take into account the sponsorship and gate receipts of every single franchise in the last two years and then after arriving at a mean of those two years, a similar amount will be paid to them accordingly.
Further, BCCI will pay CSA a one-time staging fee for using their facilities and stadiums and in turn will have ownership of all the gate receipts which later will be equally distributed among the franchises.
Windfall for franchises
That's not all, in order to incentivise the franchises for good performance, a parallel bonus is kept aside so that players can share the prize money without franchises eating into it.
Player cap Rs.1 lakh
While HT had reported previously that there is cap on players receiving gifts at once or cumulatively should not cross more than Rs 30,000, and any such offer be immediately communicated to the Anti Corruption Unit pronto, it is being communicated to the franchises to make sure their players cannot have more than Rs 1 lakh on them individually while travelling or in their hotel rooms at any point of time.
Sky Sports has bagged the broadcast rights for the UK market. The deal is learnt to be $13.5 million per year. Previously, ITV UK had the IPL telecast rights for the UK region.
Winners Rs 15 crore to players, Rs 15 crore to franchise
Runners up Rs 10 crore to players, Rs 10 crore to franchise
3rd & 4th: Rs 7.5 crore each for players, Rs 7.5 crore for franchise