BCCI-Lodha tussle is finally surfacing as a real trouble in popular cricket now. Owning to functional anomalies, the Board is unable to progress on preparation for IPL 2017. As scheduled the tournament was set to begin from April 8 and yet, not a single contract is being signed. The process used to initiate by October, but until now, nothing has been done for the big tournament. The season is two months long and it involves extensive management of logistics, advertising companies, player auctions and hiring entertainment personals. Per a BCCI official, the process of signing up with hosts, vendors and other services is pending since the last two months.
The situation, however, did not came up as a blot from a blue. BCCI is currently trapped in legal issues with a tough fight with the apex court of the country itself. The Board has been defying the Supreme Court since long and formed an arrogant attitude towards the committee appointed by it. It was to face a hearing from the Court on December 5, which is now adjourned to December 9. The Lodha Panel struck the basic structure of BCCI and questioned its core dignitaries. In return, the top brass official of the Board is now fighting legal battles against the very Judiciary Committee.
The senior official from the Board said that the opening ceremony itself is planned five to six month in advance. Additionally, the International Management Group begins its functions by early October. The calculated window for broadcasters, vendors and sponsors to work is about 270 days. He said that no work has been done so far on both the fronts and "it's absolute chaos" in there. According to the official, the tournament is in a real danger as there is a massive uncertainty surrounding it.
In the other hand, former Chief Justice RM Lodha appears quite cool in the issue. He is response was short and was limited to, "Wait till December 5." Currently, as the hearing is postponed to December 9, the committee refrained from commenting anything on the matter. Reportedly, in November 28, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke wrote to the panel regarding the prevailing ambiguity on IPL that could have a massive adverse impact on the Board's financial resources. He also highlighted that the image of BCCI as a professional organization will be dented for such derailments.
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