Hyderabad will not be hosting IPL-2021 and surely this has disappointed the state authorities and cricket fans alike. Last year, the tournament was held in Dubai and the IPL is still mulling over holding it in Dubai once again. However, it has shortlisted Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkatta for the series that will take off on April 11.
The disappointment has been such that state minister for municipal administration and urban development, KT Rama Rao took to Twitter to personally appeal to BCCI and IPL office bearers to consider Hyderabad as an option. He stated that the city had the lowest number of COVID cases among all metro cities and also extended all support from the state government.
However, BCCI does not seem to be in a mood to indulge the local authorities. One of the main reasons is the internal politics of HCA or Hyderabad Cricket Association. On average, HCA earns about Rs 4.8 crore from eight matches per season. So, this would mean a huge dent in the revenues of HCA. The BCCI pays around Rs 60 lakh to local associations though the matches are mostly handled by IPL authorities. HCA has a micro role to play.
But the local cricketers feel that HCA’s politics should not stop BCCI from including the city in the itinerary. Already, players such as Hanuma Vihari, Ambati Rayudu, Ravi Kiran, Bavanaka Sandeep have chosen to play for other states, notwithstanding HCA politics.
Some of the cricketers feel that either BCCI or players such as Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid must get involved and try to rejig the association. Meanwhile, there is another angle to the story. Some maintain that the lack of multiple stadiums in the city has led BCCI to drop Hyderabad from its list. Incidentally, Mumbai and Delhi have 3 stadiums each.