IPL 7: South Africa wanted Rs 180 crore to host IPL 2014
A part of IPL 7 will be held in United Arab Emirates © IANS
Mar 13, 2014
Board of Control for Cricket in India‘s (BCCI) decision to shift the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) to United Arab Emirates (UAE) is mainly a result of Cricket South Africa (CSA) demanding around INR 180 crore to host the Twenty20 (T20) event.
According to Times of India, CSA’s demand not only changed BCCI officials’ minds, but also that of the IPL team owners. However, it is yet to be known whether CSA demanded the amount to be paid for hosting the entire event or just a part of it.
Instead of spending so much, BCCI chose UAE where they would have to spend something around INR 60 crore. Here, the board will save more money if the Government of India agrees to allow matches to be held in India from the May first week.
“These venues work out to be cheaper. The intention is to play as many matches as possible in India. The calculations have been done but we will get correct figures only after home ministry’s direction,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying in Times of India.