After four months of dilemma upon the next season of the IPL, BCCI made a clear statement to start the preparations of this year’s Indian Premier League. Vinod Rai led the four-member committee of administrators (COA) give this green signal to the Board. BCCI said in the statement that IPL10 will commence from 5 April. “The COA met the concerned (BCCI) officials today to take stock of the urgent and important matters mainly concerning the successful conduct of IPL 2017,” Board announced in their statement.
BCCI representatives met with the COA in the absence of CEO Rahul Johri and convinced them to start the preparation of the league as it will be held at the time. The statement also read “The CoA has issued directions that the existing processes for availing the services and the appointment of the vendors for IPL will continue for this season.”
This season of IPL has a lot of stake for BCCI as the media rights auction that was earlier scheduled for October 25, 2016 but had to be canceled will be held. COA further said that they will super wise all the activities of the Franchisees owners and stakeholders.
3rd February is the last date for the players to take out their name from the auction of this season. After this process, the date of the auction will be announced.
IPL carries very high stakes and it was the nightmare for BCCI if the tournament got canceled at this point. There is another concern for them as interim administrator like historian Ramchandra Guha would acknowledge that the 2017 edition needs a sprint to be ready in time. Guha is neither a fan of IPL nor he likes the shortest format of the game. His final say is crucial in the speed of the preparations of IPL.
The following are some of the things BCCI will have to work on in the shortest time possible to conduct the 2017 edition: Broadcast/production strategies; Digital New Media strategies; hospitality service; ticketing arrangement with franchises; logistics; marketing and commercial; merchandise; operations; match day entertainment; opening ceremony; playoffs ticketing; insurance; fan parks.