The Indian cricket board attained “Rs 4000 crore” in revenue from the IPL within the UAE, TV viewership was “about twenty five per cent over last year”, and over thirty,000 RT-PCR Covid tests were conducted for a complete of one,800 people with none of the sixty matches being laid low with the pandemic.
This, per BCCI financial officer Arun Dhumal, is that the report at the tip of the high-profile T20 league. This year’s IPL was conjointly India’s 1st major sporting tournament since the Covid eruption started spreading across the world in February.
Dhumal, however, didn’t discuss the breakup of revenue or viewership for the tournament that was control while not spectators within the stands thanks to the pandemic. Organisers are banking on the five-year broadcast and media rights deal signed in 2017 with Star price Rs 16,347 crore.
With rigorous Covid curbs in Asian nation, the IPL was control from Sept nineteen to Gregorian calendar month ten in Dubai, United Arab Emirates’s capital and Sharjah. But, Dhumal told The Indian categorical, the tournament was unsure with barely 2 months to travel once World No.1 participant Novak Djokovic tested positive when enjoying exhibition matches in Srbija and Croatia.
Recalling a spoken language with BCCI secretary Jay Shah, Dhumal said: “After that report (about Djokovic testing positive) came in, we have a tendency to were in 2 minds. North American country|many folks} told us to not act with it (IPL). What if one thing happens to a player? The IPL would prolong for pretty much 3 months. However, Jay same we must always act, he was additional assured than all people.”
Dhumal said: “The Board managed to chop nearly thirty five per cent of the value as compared to the last IPL. we have a tendency to attained Rs four,000 large integer throughout the pandemic time. Our TV viewership went concerning twenty five per cent higher, we have a tendency to got the highest-ever gap game (Mumbai Indians versus city Super Kings) viewership. those that doubted North American nation came and thanked North American nation for hosting the IPL. Had this IPL not happened, cricketers would have lost one year.”
According to alternative BCCI officers, the board received 2 formal invites to host the IPL — from the UAE and Sri Lankan boards. The board determined to travel with the UAE since it had hosted the IPL earlier, and groups may go by bus to succeed in the arena, that price less.
Subsequently, an officer same, the main points were firmed up through over forty conference calls that “lasted for endless hours”. there have been virtual conferences, too, on guaranteeing players’ safety, and docking with school company Restrata for a bio-secure bubble. The BCCI sent its key workers to Dubai before UN agency took the “extra precaution” of boarding solely flights with twenty per cent occupancy, an officer same.
Meanwhile, a regular procedure (SOP) was found out with specialists, while officers alerted IPL groups on booking chartered flights before and gave edifice choices at a reduced rate. Senior officers conjointly conducted many virtual conferences with IPL house owners, followed by interactions with players to answer queries.
Most groups had over forty members in their squads, with Bombay Indians rising because the largest contingent with over one hundred fifty members, as well as a tailor, a make-up creative person and a hair-dresser. “In case we have a tendency to had any Covid cases, the board had blocked two hundred rooms individually in order that patients will be unintegrated and solely be a part of once they need totally recovered,” Dhumal same.
The first blow came some days when the groups reached Dubai, once city Super Kings saw a dozen members check positive, as well as 2 players. “When we have a tendency to detected the news, we have a tendency to tried to grasp whether or not it’s symptomless or serious. we have a tendency to were told all square measure symptomless. thus all went below isolation and that we slid all health authorities’ recommendation. we have a tendency to should give thanks the UAE, that stood with North American nation each moment,” Dhumal same.
Then, there was AN “issue” in United Arab Emirates’s capital wherever “authorities were reluctant to administer any concession to the quarantine period”.
While Dubai had relaxed it and allowed players to coach when seven days, United Arab Emirates’s capital had a compulsory rule wherever people returning from outside would got to endure fourteen days’ quarantine. United Arab Emirates’s capital was home of IPL winning team Bombay Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. “The BCCI secretary managed to win over the United Arab Emirates’s capital authorities to create it shorter,” Dhumal same.