G. Viswanath

Mumbai: The Working Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will meet here on Sunday to thrash out matters related to the Indian Premier League (IPL) Season II and determine a course of action that would be acceptable to all the stakeholders and the Union Home Ministry.

The meeting has been convened in the wake of the reservations expressed by the law and order departments of the respective State Governments to provide adequate security cover because the Twenty20 competition clashes with the dates of the General Elections.

The options

A franchise representative said that the BCCI would consider the options of staging the IPL in a shortened format in India, partly in India and partly overseas (South Africa or UK) or to cancel the league.

Last year, the BCCI’s signature event involved 59 matches across eight States and carried a total prize money of Rs. 12 crore.

“Willy-nilly we have to accept the circumstances. The BCCI Working Committee meeting is specific to IPL. We had to convene the meeting to take stock, said a senior functionary of the BCCI.”

After the success of the IPL last year, 25 member units of the BCCI received upwards of Rs. 8 crore each from the percentage of money earmarked from the IPL revenue alone.

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