Coronavirus pandemic has halted sports activities across the globe. Cricket is one of the major sports that are badly suffering. As there is no cricket for months, boards are not making money and financial disturbance is affecting the economies of the boards. The boards will soon not be able to pay the cricketers if the pandemic continues.
The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to control the cost expenditures but will not go towards pay cuts and lay-offs.
BCCI: No pay cuts or lay-off amidst the cost control
“The BCCI has done some cost control after the elected office-bearers took charge last October. The process started before the pandemic. But there has been no pay cut or lay-off as of now. We have cut costs on other fronts like travel, hospitality, etc,” said Dhumal as quoted by the New Indian Express.
IPL was all set to be kicked off by 29th March. It moved ahead by the pressure created by the lockdown in India which was later extended as well. The cash-rich league first moved to the latest window of April-May later with an extension in the lockdown by Modi’s government, the league has called off indefinitely till any further notice by the officials. Cancelation is to cost negatively to franchises as well as the Board of Control of Cricket India (BCCI).
The situation hangs by a threat of losing INR 40 billion as Coronavirus fears are getting over nerves day after day. There could hardly be a chance for a proper continuation of IPL. BCCI might choose to keep the tournament truncated and behind closed doors.
“IPL not happening will have a huge impact and we will assess the situation before taking a fresh call,” added Dhumal.