Since the Indian team gained popularity by marching into the final of the women’s World Cup in July this year, the possibility of a women’s IPL has been advocated for a while by former India skipper and current Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Eduljee, even as BCCI officials have steadfastly rejected the possibility. A discussion on the issue, though, means that the Board hasn’t given up on the idea as yet. “It would be tough to find many big hitters in women’s cricket. There’s no point in launching it and failing in the process,” a BCCI official said.
Regarding player regulations from the 2018 IPL, officials have already been seeking the opinions from franchisees privately on whether teams should be allowed to retain players, or should all players be put back in the auction. In case a team wants to hold on to a player, there’s also a case for the “Right-to-match” card against the highest bid for that player being used in next year’s auction. The situation will get interesting with the return of CSK and the Royals after a two-year ban due to the corrupt activities of their owners. The GC is likely to decide on a meeting date with all the franchises to discuss the issues threadbare.
Last month, Star Sports shelled out Rs16,347.5 crore or $2.55 billion for IPL media rights over the next five years (2018-2022), which means that each franchise will now take home more booty from the league. The teams also don’t have to pay franchise fees to the Board. The GC may decide how to divide the media rights pie equally between the teams and the BCCI.
The IPL GC will also take Legal Opinion on whether to give a green signal to the transfer of ownership of CSK from N Srinivasan-owned India Cements to a new subsidiary, Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd. As per the Supreme Court, Srinivasan can’t return to the BCCI till he gives up ownership of CSK due to conflict of interest issues. RR, meanwhile, want to change the name of their team, perhaps to break away from their negative image after the spot fixing scandal in 2013. Both Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab want to shift their home venue from Jaipur and Mohali respectively.
Source : timesofindia