Confusion about disbursing funds for state cricket associations has put a question mark on holding Indian Premier League this year.
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) is serious about the directions by the Supreme Court, which includes not disbursing any grants to the state cricket associations of BCCI to conduct IPL. But the state associations have expressed their helplessness to host IPL matches if the grants are not disbursed to them.
The state associations have said that they will not be in a position to provide the needed infrastructure for the IPL matches if they are not paid. However, the sources say that if IPL matches are not conducted, the BCCI will incur a loss of Rs 2,500 crore.
The state associations were paid Rs 10 lakh by the franchise in 2008 per match, and the practice was continued till 2011. In 2012, the amount was raised to Rs 30 lakh, and even BCCI decided to pay an equal amount.
Thus till the last IPL season, state associations were paid Rs 60 lakh per one IPL match of which the franchise hosting the match would pay Rs 30 lakh providing them with the necessary infrastructure, the rest Rs 30 lakh was paid by the BCCI.
Now with BCCI not ready to pay the state associations, the latter has said that they will not be able to provide the necessary infrastructure if not paid.
However, BCCI is still confident that this problem can be solved and is just a temporary glitch. Hope this is not overconfidence by the BCCI, and it really has a strategy to solve the problem before the IPL season begins.