Franchises want IPL's credibility restored.
WITH the Indian Premier League working group meeting franchises to decide on the road ahead to host a successful ninth edition of the cash- rich tournament, chairman Rajeev Shukla and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary met Delhi Daredevils owner Kiran Grandhi and also spoke to Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya over a video conference.
While the chairman had earlier said that the sponsors are backing the league, both the owners raised their concerns and made it clear that it was important to ensure that the credibility of the league isn't tarnished at any cost. After the spot- fixing fiasco, almost all franchises had said that every step should be taken to ensure that the fans don't lose faith in the competition.
"The talks revolved around how the franchises wish to restore the image of the league after the spot- fixing fiasco. Also, with a decision yet to be taken on whether the BCCI will adopt the two suspended teams -- the Chennai Super Kings and the
Rajasthan Royals -- or invite fresh bidders, the two franchises were of the opinion that the league must have at least eight teams as the business model might be affected otherwise.
In fact, a presentation has also been given by IPL COO Sundar Raman on these lines as how a 10- team model shall be no problem once CSK and RR's bans end," a senior BCCI official told M AIL T ODAY . "It is no secret that the spotfixing fiasco has also affected sponsors and certain corporates are no longer as excited to invest in the cash- rich league as was the case in the first few seasons of the IPL. And finding sponsors have become an issue for teams ever since the fiasco broke out in the sixth edition of the league and the owners feel that winning the confidence of sponsors is also vital." The next meeting will be held in Mumbai on Saturday, which is expected to be attended by the Mumbai Indians and the Kings XI Punjab.
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