By CricketCountry Staff
Mumbai: June 3, 2012
Days after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hinted that the Champions League for 2012 will be shifted to South Africa, four Indian Premier League (IPL) teams have insisted that they wish the tournament to be organised in India.
An official of a prominent franchise said, “They (BCCI) and the governing council members, anyway, don’t take our views before deciding on the venue, but we will insist that the tournament be played in India. We’ll resist. If the push comes to shove, we will play. We’ll have no choice then."
A report published by DNA suggested that even the broadcasters are not in favour of the move. ESPN Star Sports, too, are likely to request the BCCI officials to hold the tournament in India.
The IPL teams argue that if the tournament is shifted out of India, they could suffer revenue loss because of the low TRPs for the tournament besides, of course, facing the prospect of playing in front of empty stands.
According to one franchise official, the revenue from their advertisers is proportionate to the television ratings. If the tournament is played out of India, the ratings, which are already low for the tournament, will drop further resulting in a fall in income.
The tournament which was scheduled to be held at various venues in India in October, is likely to be shifted to South Africa due to logistical problems.
The decision to shift the tournament out of India was taken at the CLT20's Governing Council meeting in Chennai on Sunday. A final decision will be made this month-end when the governing council meets on the sidelines of ICC’s annual conference in Kuala Lumpur.
'Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians are the four teams which have qualified to play in the tournament which will also feature Sialkot Stallions, the domestic T20 champions from Pakistan.