The Indian cricket board earned “Rs 4,000 crore” in income from the IPL within the UAE, TV viewership was “about 25 per cent greater than final 12 months”, and over 30,000 RT-PCR Covid exams had been carried out for a complete of 1,800 people with none of the 60 matches being affected by the pandemic.
This, in response to BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal, is the report card on the finish of the high-profile T20 league. This 12 months’s IPL was additionally India’s first main sporting event because the Covid outbreak began spreading throughout the globe in February.
Dhumal, nonetheless, didn’t talk about the breakup of income or viewership for the event that was held with out spectators within the stands because of the pandemic. Organisers have been banking on the five-year broadcast and media rights deal signed in 2017 with Star price Rs 16,347 crore.
The IPL was held from September 19 to November 10 in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah on account of stringent Covid curbs in India. However, Dhumal instructed The Indian Categorical, the event was doubtful with barely two months to go when World No.1 tennis participant Novak Djokovic examined constructive after enjoying exhibition matches in Serbia and Croatia.
Recalling a dialog with BCCI secretary Jay Shah, Dhumal mentioned: “After that report (about Djokovic testing constructive) got here in, we had been in two minds. Many individuals instructed us to not go forward with it (IPL). What if one thing occurs to a participant? Indian Premier League however would run on for 3 lengthy months. Jay was most assured in taking the occasion ahead.
In response to what Dhumal has mentioned the BCCI has managed to earn round 400 crore which is sort of 35% of the worth when in comparison with the final season of the IPL. The viewership was the very best in the course of the opening match which was performed between the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Tremendous Kings. The doubters have thanked the board for conducting the league and due to this fact the cricketers have managed to avoid wasting one 12 months of their skilled profession by performing within the IPL.
In response to different BCCI officers, the board obtained two formal invites to host the IPL — from the UAE and Sri Lankan boards. The board determined to go along with the UAE because it had hosted the IPL earlier, and groups may journey by bus to achieve the stadium, which price much less.
Subsequently, an official mentioned, the main points had been firmed up via over 40 convention calls that “lasted for infinite hours”. There have been digital conferences, too, on making certain gamers’ security and tying up with tech firm Restrata for a bio-secure bubble. The BCCI despatched its key workers to Dubai prematurely who took the “additional precaution” of boarding solely flights with 20 per cent occupancy, an official mentioned.
In the meantime, a Customary Working Process (SOP) was labored out with consultants, whilst officers alerted IPL groups on reserving chartered flights prematurely and gave lodge choices at a reduced fee. Senior officers additionally carried out a number of digital conferences with IPL homeowners, adopted by interactions with gamers to reply queries.
Most groups had over 40 members of their squads, with Mumbai Indians rising as the biggest contingent with over 150 members, together with a tailor, a make-up artist and a hair-dresser. “In case we had any Covid instances, the board had blocked 200 rooms individually in order that sufferers are sometimes quarantined and solely be part of as soon as they want absolutely recovered,” Dhumal mentioned.
The primary setback got here a number of days after the groups reached Dubai, when Chennai Tremendous Kings noticed a dozen members take a look at constructive, together with two gamers. “After we heard the information, we tried to grasp whether or not it’s asymptomatic or severe. We had been instructed all are asymptomatic. By the recommendation of the well being authorities, all went below isolation. We should thank the UAE, which stood with us each second,” Dhumal mentioned.
Then, there was an “subject” in Abu Dhabi the place “authorities had been reluctant to offer any concession to the quarantine interval”.
Whereas Dubai had relaxed it and allowed gamers to coach after seven days, Abu Dhabi had a compulsory rule the place people coming from exterior must bear 14 days’ quarantine. Abu Dhabi was residence of IPL profitable staff Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. Dhumal defined that the secretary of the BCCI managed to persuade the authorities of Abu Dhabi to make it shorter.