New IPL franchises
BCCI has approved the sale of two new franchises to be introduced in the IPL. However, the 2021 edition of the IPL will be an eight-team affair. The new franchises will be introduced before the 2022 edition and the IPL Board of Directors will ask whether to introduce a franchise now and the second later or both together.
The members decided to reduce the Rs 450 crore budget – allocated to the new National Cricket Academy infrastructure – to Rs 150 crore. The remaining amount, around Rs 300 crore, will now be spent on infrastructure development in the area academies as branches of the NCA.
Cricket at the Olympics
The board has decided to send positive feedback to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on cricket participation in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics as the global governing body waits to take a call on the matter.
Cricket was an Olympic sport in 1900. Britain was claiming gold; France won silver. There was no third nation. Since then, the game has grown. Now with T20, we have a truly global sport. The BCCI’s stance to support the ICC’s move to include the game in the 2028 Olympics (after some clarification from the IOC) deserves a thumbs up. It is time for the game to become part of the largest sports gathering in the world. That India has a good chance of winning a medal, perhaps even gold, is an advantage.
Members are of the opinion that the BCCI should move forward with Syed Mushtaq Ali’s tournament as planned, see how it goes and then ask if a reduced red ball tournament (Ranji Trophy) is a possibility towards the end of the season. Given the growing numbers of Covid and the British strain that has now become a talking point, members feel it is important to take a very cautious call on any national cricket in the future.
GC President, VP, appointed ICA representative
Incumbent IPL GC President Brijesh Patel was re-elected to the presidency while former IPL GC President Rajiv Shukla returned to the fold after being elected Vice President. Former India left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has been named representative of the Indian Cricketers Association.
Committees to be defined soon
The various cricket committees and standing committees awaiting appointment will be discussed “informally” by the members in the interim period and appointed “as soon as possible”.
ICC tax matters
With the expiration of the ICC itself on issues relating to tax exemptions ahead of the T20 World Cup in India which ends on December 31, the BCCI has decided to wait and listen to the governing body. Payments to Cricketers: Cricket or not, the Council had decided to pay all national cricketers their share of taxes for the season. “Which cricketers to pay” was the decision to be made considering that the teams were not selected for the year 2020-21.
Members will deliberate further on this and finalize payment schedules as soon as possible. The Council has decided to pass payments directly to players instead of going through their respective state associations, which can be a long and complicated process.