The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Dhumal slammed those who are raising questions on the board’s motives behind conducting the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) amidst coronavirus pandemic.
IPL is criticised often as a ‘money-making machine’ as a huge amount of money is involved in the tournament. A report stated that BCCI is looking to host the tournament later this year to avoid a loss of around Rs 4,000 crore.
Meanwhile, Dhumal responded to the critics and urged everyone to evade the ‘money-making’ label put on IPL. The 13th edition of IPL will happen in this year only if it’s safe for the players to participate in the event.
Reportedly, he said that Who takes that money? The money goes to the players and it doesn’t go to any office bearers, Dhumal said. He added that the money goes to the welfare of the nation, the travel and tourism industry.
Dhumal also said that money is paid to the players and all those who are there to organise the tournament. He further explained that “If BCCI is paying thousands of crores in taxes, it is going in building nation, it is not going to Sourav Ganguly or Jay Shah or myself. So you should be happy if money is being made rather than money being spent on sports.”
IPL 2020 was scheduled to be held from March 29 but the tournament stands postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.