The Board of Control for Cricket in India is set to announce the foreign venue for Indian Premier League matches later this year. The working committee is meeting in Bhubaneswar on Friday and the IPL governing council is expected to officially name the country that may host "half of the games" in the almost two-month long tournament. South Africa look like a preferred destination. The Rainbow Nation had hosted the IPL in 2009 because the Indian government had declined to provide security due to elections. (Picture is for representation purpose only)
The BCCI is facing a similar situation this year too. The Union Home Ministry has already said it will not be able to provide adequate security because the IPL matches, scheduled between April 9 and June 3, are clashing with the Lok Sabha polls. With security also a state subject, interestingly, a few non-Congress state governments have reportedly offered to host games. With several team owners wanting IPL to remain in India purely due to commercial reasons, the BCCI is expected to offer a 'compromise' formula to offset losses.
According to information available in the media, IPL team franchises are against matches moving out of India. If half of the IPL games are moved overseas, each of the eight IPL team could lose as much as Rs 50 crore, most of which will be gate receipts. A financial daily quotes a top Delhi Daredevil official who says that his team will lose 40% revenue if 50% of the matches are played abroad. A franchise spends around Rs 60 crore purely as fees to players. Gate receipts (ticket sales) make up for at least 35% of a team's overall revenue. (Sports Minister to intervene)