The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Governing Council (GC) will meet in Kolkata on Friday (December 3) which is expected to take some crucial decisions regarding the lucrative tournament.
First of all, the GC would take a call on the CVC Sports issue as the company’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise in the IPL came under scanner following its association with the Milan-based betting company.
Recently, the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta had reportedly asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to form a committee, whose final report will be produced at the GC meet.
Notably, a report in Cricbuzz claimed that the GC is likely to give a green signal.
“The GC is expected to give a formal nod to the CVC Sports for the Ahmedabad franchise unless there is an unlikely last minute twist,” the report said.
Even as the CVC Sports had acquired the Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores on October 25 in Dubai, the owners is yet to receive a Letter of Intent from the BCCI.
CVC’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise raised many questions following which there has been a delay from the Indian board in handing the Letter of Intent to CVC. Significantly, the Letter of Intent has already been submitted to the RPSG Group of Sanjiv Goenka, who had bagged the Lucknow franchise for a whopping Rs 7090 crores.
After CVC had acquired one of the two franchise, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi ruffled a few feathers by drawing attention to the companies association with the Milan-based betting company Sisal. “I guess betting companies can buy an IPL team. must be a new rule. apparently, one qualified bidder also owns a big betting company. what next? does BCCI not do their homework? what can Anti-corruption do in such a case? #cricket,” Modi had tweetd.
Apart from the CVC matter, the board will also have to finalise the media rights tender for the cash-rich league as it had said that the tender will be out immediately after the sale of two new teams on October 25 in Dubai however, it hasn’t yet happened.
Moreover, the report further stated that former India Test cricketer Brijaesh Patel’s tenure as the IPL Chairman will also see an extension.
“Cricbuzz understands that Brijesh Patel of Karnataka and Khairul Jamal Majumdar from North East will be re-elected to the GC the next day and the former’s term as the chairman of the IPL is all set to be extended by another year,” the report said.
“It is learnt that only those two have filed the nomination for the GC membership. Pragyan Ojha will continue to be the representative of the players association,” it added.