BCCI postponed IPL 2021 amid increasing COVID-19 cases among the players. Recently, the match between KKR and RCB was postponed as two KKR players were tested positive before the match.
In this circumstance, BCCI decided to postpone this season’s IPL. However, as per the reports, BCCI is set to lose over Rs 2000 crore of the broadcast and sponsorship money earmarked for this year’s Indian Premier League.
A senior BCCI official told PTI, “We would be losing anything between Rs 2000 to Rs 2500 crore for the midway postponement of this season. I would say something in the range of Rs 2200 crore will be closer to accurate estimation.”
“Slash all the payments by half or a bit less and you will be reaching a loss in the range of 2200 crore. The actually losses could be much more but this is a back of the hand calculation for the season.”- he added.
On the other hand, after the postponement, foreign players have become clueless as all the flights are now canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An Australian player said, “Situation is unprecedented. I just spoke to my franchise managers about how I will return to Australia. They have asked us to wait as they are waiting for BCCI’s instructions. I along with my other Australian colleagues are worried, how and where I will go back.”
“I spoke to Slater today morning. He is stuck in the Maldives – no idea where to go. We don’t want to get into such a situation. I am confident, BCCI and franchises will do something about our return journey. I don’t want to spend any time here anymore”- an overseas player of Sunrisers Hyderabad said.
BCCI has already issued a statement to ease the tension of the foreign players. The statement read, “The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021. We need to send them home and we will find a way to do that.”