BCCI’s IPL card: income Rs 4,000 cr, TV viewership up, 30,000 Covid assessments


Written by Devendra Pandey
| Mumbai |

November 23, 2020 4:33:01 am

With stringent Covid curbs in India, the IPL was held from September 19 to November 10 in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.The Indian cricket board earned “Rs 4,000 crore” in income from the IPL within the UAE, TV viewership was “about 25 per cent more than last year”, and over 30,000 RT-PCR Covid assessments had been performed for a complete of 1,800 people with none of the 60 matches being affected by the pandemic.
This, in accordance with 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 match because the Covid outbreak began spreading throughout the globe in February.
Dhumal, nevertheless, didn’t talk about the breakup of income or viewership for the match that was held with out spectators within the stands as a result of pandemic. Organisers have been banking on the five-year broadcast and media rights deal signed in 2017 with Star price Rs 16,347 crore.
With stringent Covid curbs in India, the IPL was held from September 19 to November 10 in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. But, Dhumal informed The Indian Express, the match was unsure with barely two months to go when World No.1 tennis participant Novak Djokovic examined optimistic after enjoying exhibition matches in Serbia and Croatia.
Recalling a dialog with BCCI secretary Jay Shah, Dhumal stated: “After that report (about Djokovic testing positive) came in, we were in two minds. Many people told us to not go ahead with it (IPL). What if something happens to a player? The IPL would go on for almost three months. However, Jay said we should go ahead, he was more confident than all of us.”
Dhumal stated: “The Board managed to cut nearly 35 per cent of the cost as compared to the last IPL. We earned Rs 4,000 crore during the pandemic time. Our TV viewership went about 25 per cent higher, we got the highest-ever opening game (Mumbai Indians versus Chennai Super Kings) viewership. Those who doubted us came and thanked us for hosting the IPL. Had this IPL not happened, cricketers would have lost one year.”
According 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 might travel by bus to reach the stadium, which value much less.
Subsequently, an official stated, the main points had been firmed up by way of over 40 convention calls that “lasted for endless hours”. There had been digital conferences, too, on guaranteeing gamers’ security, and tying up with tech firm Restrata for a bio-secure bubble. The BCCI despatched its key employees to Dubai in advance who took the “extra precaution” of boarding solely flights with 20 per cent occupancy, an official stated.
Meanwhile, a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was labored out with consultants, whilst officers alerted IPL groups on reserving chartered flights in advance and gave resort choices at a reduced price. Senior officers additionally performed 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 cases, the board had blocked 200 rooms separately so that patients can be quarantined and only join once they have fully recovered,” Dhumal stated.
The first setback got here a couple of days after the groups reached Dubai, when Chennai Super Kings noticed a dozen members take a look at optimistic, together with two gamers. “When we heard the news, we tried to understand whether it is asymptomatic or serious. We were told all are asymptomatic. So all went under isolation and we went by all health authorities’ advice. We must thank the UAE, which stood with us every moment,” Dhumal stated.
Then, there was an “issue” in Abu Dhabi the place “authorities were reluctant to give any concession to the quarantine period”.
While 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 endure 14 days’ quarantine. Abu Dhabi was home of IPL successful workforce Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. “The BCCI secretary managed to convince the Abu Dhabi authorities to make it shorter,” Dhumal stated.
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