IPL staging associations to get Rs. 30 lakh before each match

The Committee of Administrators (CoA), on Thursday, agreed to release match funds to state associations before they host their first match.

The earlier practise was to remit a consolidated sum for the specific number of home matches (seven or less) 14 days after the conclusion of the IPL final.   -  PTI

Money matters were resolved in an amicable manner at a meeting convened by the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators for the VIVO IPL-10 match staging associations in New Delhi on Thursday.

The CoA has agreed to remit the BCCI share of Rs. 30 lakh to the staging associations before the start of every match. This is the practice followed by the eight franchises, some of whom have a flexible arrangement with their home match staging associations. A few associations forgo their full share of match tickets (10 per cent of the capacity of the stadium) and are compensated with extra money.

The earlier practise was to remit a consolidated sum for the specific number of home matches (seven or less) 14 days after the conclusion of the IPL final. "Now the BCCI money will be given before each and every match. The meeting with the staging associations lasted 20 minutes. It was an excellent meeting with the COA and the BCCI officials seated on one side of the dais. Amitabh Chaudhary (Jt. Secretary, BCCI) missed the flight and he was on Skype. Vinod Rai (Chairman, CoA) conducted the meeting very well,’’ said an official, privy to proceedings at the meeting.

Last year the BCCI, under Shashank Manohar as President, took a decision to match the franchise’s contribution of Rs. 30 lakh towards expenses incurred by the staging associations for IPL matches. For eight years it was $50,000 for each IPL match, but in January 2016, the BCCI chose to make a match contribution as most associations felt Rs. 30 lakh was not enough.

The Saurashtra Cricket Association’s Madhukar Worah and the Cricket Association of Bengal President Sourav Ganguly have invited the CoA for the IPL matches.

At the IPL Governing Council meeting, the CoA’s Rai, Diana Edulji, the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, the BCCI GM (Game Development) Prof. Ratnakar Shetty and the IPL GC’s Rajeev Shukla (Chairman), Sourav Ganguly and Dr. P. V. Shetty updated themselves on various aspects of the IPL, including the Opening Ceremony. Jyotiraditya Scindia did not attend the GC meeting. It’s not known why the former BCCI official, Punjab Cricket Association’s Mohinder Pandove was absent.

A decision was also taken to present the one-off money payment for retired women cricketers during the IPL matches. Recently the CoA announced a one-off payment of Rs. 15 lakh to 41 cricketers who have played up to nine Tests, Rs. 25 lakh to 18 who have played between 10-24 Tests and Rs. 30 lakh to six players who have played 25 Tests and more.