The BCCI reportedly earned Rs. 4000 crores after sleekly managing IPL 2020 in the UAE. The richest cricket board was in a precarious situation when the league had to be postponed in April-May. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, it was impossible to conduct the league in India.
Next BCCI decided to take a fearless step and decided the organise a full-fledged IPL season in the United Arab Emirates. The cricket board laid down a detailed plan for all the franchise consisting of the bio-bubble restriction for all personnel associated with the league.
BCCI Earned Rs. 4000 Crores From IPL 2020 In UAE
Finally, the 13th edition of the IPL was determined to be staged between September 19- November 10 in a bio-secure bubble for the very first time. Also, considering the safety of players all the matches were executed behind closed doors.
All the acknowledgement should be given to the BCCI for organising IPL overseas in these trying times. Now it has been revealed that IPL 2020 broke viewership record and BCCI were able to earn a huge Rs. 4000 crores.
In a conversation with The Indian Express, BCCI’s Treasurer Arun Dhumal spoke about the success of IPL 2020 and gave a little insight regarding the profit made by the cricket board.
“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,” he said.
Meanwhile, Arun Dhumal also added that the BCCI carried over 30,000 COVID-19 tests during the tournament. A team of 1500 people worked tirelessly in the successful execution of the biggest T20 league in the world.
Before the tournament began a total of 13 members of Chennai Super Kings had been tested positive for coronavirus. Luckily all the members recovered including two players Ruturaj Gaikwad and Deepak Chahar. Also, the BCCI paid Rs. 100 crores to the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for hosting IPL 2020.