IPL news April 18, 2011

Saved Rs 100 crore in IPL 2011 - Chirayu Amin

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Chirayu Amin, the IPL chairman, has said the stripped down version of the league in 2011, compared to the extravagance of previous seasons, has helped save Rs 100 crore ($22.5 million). Amin, who took over running the IPL after Lalit Modi was ousted, also said there was no chance of expanding the tournament further from its present format of ten teams because the window in the schedule would not permit it.

"It has been a good stint [as chairman] as we have been running the league professionally. The governing council is being run like a professional company with complete transparency," Amin told the Times of India. "Now, every decision is taken jointly after discussion, which was not the case earlier. Each and every tender is opened in the presence of lawyers and bidders.

"Apart from bringing in transparency, we made it a point to stop unnecessary expenditure and spent money more judiciously. These measures alone have helped us save Rs 100 crore in IPL 4."

One of the expenditures that has been stopped is the IPL parties, which were held after almost every game in previous seasons and worsened the hectic playing and travelling schedule of the teams. "In fact, the franchise owners are happy that we stopped the parties," Amin said. "They feel that the players will now be able to maintain their focus more on cricket. IPL is more about cricket."

Amin hoped that the revenues from IPL 2011 would be greater than in previous seasons. "The opening ceremony of IPL IV received maximum TRPs and the games have received more viewership than last year. Also, Volkswagen joined in as additional sponsor and we hope our revenues are higher this year, which means more money for state associations."

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  • Caly on April 20, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Good Job Mr Amin!!!! You would have arranged these sessions after 2 months - World Cup. I would have been really interesting.

  • asimbhai on April 20, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Why the IPL parties were blamed for fatigue in T20 world cup last Year.India has won the first 2 match in the T20 world cup and got defeated in next 3 match.What logic suggest that the player were fatigue .If the player were in fatigue then how they won the first 2 matches .

  • on April 19, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    i am all for stopping parites and getting players to focus . Where else were the corners cut was it virtua lcuts or budget cuts in real money.? Stopping parties could hardly amount to a croroe ,unless you get lap dancers from Ukarine. How does saving 100 crores translate into fans' discounted tickets. Who cares how much money IPL saves .How does it benefit the public.? What is it in for the ciricket fans. We know players are verywell taken care of.

  • on April 19, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Saving 100 crore? how was that money generated in the first place Mr. Amin? Lalit Modi did all the hard work of setting IPL up, the only world class event coming out of india..we need him back!!!!!

  • asimbhai on April 19, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Why the IPL parties were blamed for fatigue in T20 world cup last Year.India has won the first 2 match in the T20 world cup and got defeated in next 3 match.What logic suggest that the player were fatigue .If the player were in fatigue then how they won the first 2 matches .

  • on April 19, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    IPL 4... is boring..... shame to vijay malya... without local player nd rahul dravid... RCB at last position......

  • on April 19, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    what will be done with those 100 crores n who will have its responsibility, is what really matters! claiming to have saved 100 crores is just for SHOW! :P

  • Indian_Rules on April 19, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    ticket rates are way way too high... last year i went to watch 5 ipl matches in bangalore.. this time it was and will be only 1... thanks to the idiotic website with whom they have a tie up ( ticketgenie ) and also the exorbitant price of the tickets.... They have come up with such cheap ideas to sell tickets at a higher price.. Last time the stands which were priced at Rs 220, are available for Rs 1375 with the only addition of plastic chairs to it... they have just given fancy names to the stands and have increased the price 2 3 times..... sooner or later people will shun this business extravagenza

  • on April 18, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    If you sell tickets with Exorbitant prices, you can see empty stands soon

  • Lahori_Munde on April 18, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Great job Mr.Amin. I watch almost any cricket up on TV and obviously have watched most of the IPL games over the last four years. The IPL this year is being as good and entertaining as last three IPLs. Keep up your great show!!

  • Caly on April 20, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Good Job Mr Amin!!!! You would have arranged these sessions after 2 months - World Cup. I would have been really interesting.

  • asimbhai on April 20, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Why the IPL parties were blamed for fatigue in T20 world cup last Year.India has won the first 2 match in the T20 world cup and got defeated in next 3 match.What logic suggest that the player were fatigue .If the player were in fatigue then how they won the first 2 matches .

  • on April 19, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    i am all for stopping parites and getting players to focus . Where else were the corners cut was it virtua lcuts or budget cuts in real money.? Stopping parties could hardly amount to a croroe ,unless you get lap dancers from Ukarine. How does saving 100 crores translate into fans' discounted tickets. Who cares how much money IPL saves .How does it benefit the public.? What is it in for the ciricket fans. We know players are verywell taken care of.

  • on April 19, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Saving 100 crore? how was that money generated in the first place Mr. Amin? Lalit Modi did all the hard work of setting IPL up, the only world class event coming out of india..we need him back!!!!!

  • asimbhai on April 19, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Why the IPL parties were blamed for fatigue in T20 world cup last Year.India has won the first 2 match in the T20 world cup and got defeated in next 3 match.What logic suggest that the player were fatigue .If the player were in fatigue then how they won the first 2 matches .

  • on April 19, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    IPL 4... is boring..... shame to vijay malya... without local player nd rahul dravid... RCB at last position......

  • on April 19, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    what will be done with those 100 crores n who will have its responsibility, is what really matters! claiming to have saved 100 crores is just for SHOW! :P

  • Indian_Rules on April 19, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    ticket rates are way way too high... last year i went to watch 5 ipl matches in bangalore.. this time it was and will be only 1... thanks to the idiotic website with whom they have a tie up ( ticketgenie ) and also the exorbitant price of the tickets.... They have come up with such cheap ideas to sell tickets at a higher price.. Last time the stands which were priced at Rs 220, are available for Rs 1375 with the only addition of plastic chairs to it... they have just given fancy names to the stands and have increased the price 2 3 times..... sooner or later people will shun this business extravagenza

  • on April 18, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    If you sell tickets with Exorbitant prices, you can see empty stands soon

  • Lahori_Munde on April 18, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Great job Mr.Amin. I watch almost any cricket up on TV and obviously have watched most of the IPL games over the last four years. The IPL this year is being as good and entertaining as last three IPLs. Keep up your great show!!

  • on April 18, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Without a shadow of doubt IPL 4 has been the most dull edition of all the ipl's. Without Lalit Modi IPl is worthless,the bcci does not have any substitute of him..Mr.Amin is totally a dull headed person ,a worthless successor of the great Modi. Modi had great creative ideas so the IPL was such a huge hit but from this year the IPL will crawl to death.

  • TimeKiller on April 18, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    'Saved Rs 100 crore in IPL 2011' Who Cares? Nobody is watching it anyway.

  • on April 18, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Chirayu Amin has missed a Karbonn Kamaal catch here.

  • rohanblue on April 18, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    save few more crores by stoping ipl 4 , i am still enjoying india wc glory, and watching highlights of wc matches in place of ipl 4, man i went through hell pressure before india's match against pak, ha ha supporting kkr fr me is like few miniutes old kid infrnt of that, ipl 4 is boring ....

  • bigwonder on April 18, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Amin is a good accountant but not a good business strategist. What IPL 4 and future IPL needs is an innovator like Modi and let Amin do the accounting and cost saving. IPL 4 is rather boring - I watched Aus Vs. Bangladesh series.

  • chhinal on April 18, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    IPL 4 is the boring season among all the IPL's. you save 100 crore Amin, but you dissapointed 100 crore people......if same thing happen in next season you will lost 1000 crore fan.......so be careful....

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    IPL4, bored till death. Moreover most teams have lost their face-value (except MI & CSK - they still have Sachin and Dhoni). Tickets are expensive than ever, not to mention the empty stands. Bottom line: for most part it's just waste of time.

  • shaileshacharya123 on April 18, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    ilke to see cheergirls ,but i cant see it as in 2008-20 09

  • on April 18, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    I think so far this is the best IPL as far as cricket is concerned.....Mr.Amin doing a great job.....& message for pitch curator that plz prepare bowling friendly pitch like Eden garden pitch.......

  • DaisonGarvasis on April 18, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Associate Countries??? What about associate countries? Remember the "I" in the IPL stands for INDIAN - not "Associate Countries Premier League". So if any country feels that by India not Touring they are loosing something why this "anti India" comment? So what you basically say is "we want whatever revenue that we can make by India touring but we dont like India making some money". This feeling is a mixture of "Selfishness and Jealousy". Try coming out of that feeling and there might appear some hope for you. I really wonder if any of these Associate Countries would have "distributed to other countries" the profits if IPL or similar leagues were ran in their countries. So all you guys need to do is GET REAL. Be happy that your players are getting a chance to play and earn some money. At least be happy for them if not anything. Now if the "administrators" of the respective boards also want a piece of the cake, all we can say is LIFE IS TOUGH.

  • predfox on April 18, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    IPL4 is soul-less. Supporting your local team is simply supporting the team owners. One might as well go out and say "go whisky!" or "yay cement" or "wohoo petrochemicals". Didnt they have a rule that said at least 50% of the team must be local (state/city) players?

  • MeowCat on April 18, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    lol on cricone there was commerical saying " Four times the cricket,GLAMOUR,challenge & fun"

    Darn thats a big irony

    also if cricket was to advertise to other countries,they SHOULD have made it more Glamourus & more glitzy like IPL3 & 1

    ipl4 is very boring compared to IPL3&1. See that ugly info bar at the bottom of the screen in each match? looks like from early 2000's

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    teams r playing good but opening ceremony n presentation stuff is simply waste , least interested

  • sanjaycrickfan on April 18, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Its fine that you decided to focus more on cricket but what's lacking this season from the previous three seasons is the regional flavor. IPL is mostly a regional competition with state/city based franchises competing against each other. What's at stake among the supporters is the regional pride and rooting for players from their city/state. Irrespective of how good or bad they are people like to cheer for players from their state in IPL. That flavor is lost as during this season Delhi players are playing for Kolkata, Bangalore for Kochi etc. Also the players whom the fans have grown to admire playing for their franchise like Gilchrist for Deccan, AB Devilliers for Delhi no longer play for their francise and that means their fan following is also nullified. Yes, a few changes here and there are fine but completely changing the composition of the team will nullify any loyalty that the fan base has for the players and the players have for their team. This is where I felt you went wrong.

  • on April 18, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    I'm glad the focus is more on the cricket. IPL is about cricket after all. If you want glitz and glamour, become rich.

  • Umair_umair on April 18, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Its strange to see that being No.1 test team, and the World Champion in ODIs, and higher ranking in ODIs, highly ranked players, grown confidence in the team, in the players , in the nation. Leading players from all over the world dying to play in India. Younnger Indian players, (so many unknown players) playing with international coaches and players and what not......... Still you guys criticzing your Board? You think all this progress is coming for free? For example that big support staff of Indian team? Influance on world cricket that is bringing the world to your feet; is all the result of that money making.

    I wish our PCB could do even 5% of that. Just reflect back at Indian cricket of 90s. You had great players then as well but what we are seeing now , is incredible. Where do you think this confidence is coming from?

  • Sankara on April 18, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    An event like this cannot be run by commission-ers. It requires proper institutionaisation whic is what Mr Amin is seemingly doing. It is good that he saved 100cr , but what is the profit and how are the states benefitting? It would be really transparent if they start publishing their balance sheet.but thatwould be too much to ask wouldn't it , when BCCI iself doesn't publish their balance sheet

  • on April 18, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Dear BCCI,

    IPL 4 is the most boring event.I have lost interest because delhi players are playing for other state , Punjab player are playing for other state , Chennai player are playing for other state etc.If he is playing against state , how will he play for India.It means Any player can bought to loose or win.Make cricket interesting not boring Mr.C Amin.Saving 100 Crore next year this money you will earn for IPL if you dont have innovative ideas in IPL.Learn something from Lalit Modi.He knows business but same time he doesnt make the cricket so boring IPL 4 is boring

  • Jeetender on April 18, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    For gods sake, make bowler friendly pitches... leave grass on the pitch.. I am tired to see teams playing in flat pitches like concrete floor...

  • soumyas on April 18, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    he is just talking of saving 100 crores and comparing with modi's time, he was able to save 100 crore becuze it was 10,000 crore league which was masterminded by Mr. Modi. all u r in the centre because of him, dont forget modi...

  • Maxx88 on April 18, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Sir_Freddie_Flintoff, all the indian players playing in the IPL are either from Intl. squad or from Ranji Trophy & 75% of the total players in IPL are Indians, dont you know that? So whats the point in introducing a competition only for ranji players there are already many of them, infact all the good ones from ranji teams. People want to see good cricket action whether it is from unkonwn Valthaty or from the legend Sachin.

    And I dont see the half filled stadiums in most IPL4 matches. May be thats your TV set problem. for your information IPL4 also has the highest TRP in the IPL history and most number of sponsors too.

    So first learn then preach OK.

  • Mehjun on April 18, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Ranji Trophy is 100% cricket and no extravagance. How many people watch those matches? I don't even know who won the final in Ranji Trophy last year and I consider myself a big cricket lover. I don't think IPL saved 100 crores. They must have earned 200 crores more had they invested this 100 crores wisely. IPL popularity is mainly because of glamor. See the dull opening ceremony this year compared to last 3 years. See the empty stadium this year compared to last 3 years. IPL is a business which needs glamor and extravagance otherwise it will become another Ranji Trophy series.

  • ultimatewarrior on April 18, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Why not they stop cheer leaders also...Their half covered outfits is against the Subcontinent Culture(u will not usually found Local cheerleaders) as well as against sporting ethics. Nobody comes down to see that glamor quotient, instead people come to see great cricket games and their loving cricket stars. I will definitely appreciate the current move to stop night parties....

  • daj857 on April 18, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    its ironic that the article focuses on removing the 'glitz' of the IPL such that the tagline for the photo reads: The focus in IPL 2011 has been more on the cricket and less on the glitz - yet the photo is of cheerleaders from IPL 2011...

  • satish619chandar on April 18, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    I do agree that Modi made more money by spending more.. But its unnecessary.. But there was always a speculation when Modi was tere.. Atleast now, the focus is towards cricket and the players are more focussed over their main job rather than entertainments.. let the process be simple and everyone do their own roles.. Let the players play and earn, Team owners/BCCI focus on profit, viewers get clean and quality cricket along with entertainment.. Though the stadiums are not packed, the matches are surely followed well in televisions.. WC hangover is the main reason for that too..

  • on April 18, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Good that BCCI saved money. What about the associte countries? do they get any thing? The associate countries are foced to allow players to participate due to pressure from BCCI. Example, if Sri Lanka cricket object, than BCCI will say that, they will not tour Sri-Lanka. Its not cricket!!!

  • guptaXI on April 18, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Modi was the man... I find it hard to believe that viewership has been matched with what it was last year. Regardless of the WC just getting over and the viewer fatigue arguement, the glam and glitz would have kept the interest alive. I hate to say it, but without Lalit Modi, the IPL will never be the same.

  • stunnerbond27 on April 18, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    @mjrvasu: spot on... very well said

  • Sameer_Ponnada on April 18, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    @ mjrvasu.. spt on mate.. agree with u completely.. the richest sports body in the world cant even come up with one genuine fast bowler.. and the facilities/grounds are no where near that of those in other countries.. Its time BCCI invested money in developing the game in India than filling pockets of bunch of overrated players..

  • jorock on April 18, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    IPL Parties they were one of the bad things when Lalit was around . I am sure that was having a bad effect on our players. Now it's cricket all the way each player is playing for showcasing his potential.This gives more to Indian cricket back for organising this tournament .I believe we have find out the players like Paul ,chipli, Menaria in this tournament till date.

  • Jagan7 on April 18, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Cut down on the IPL Nights is a good move.... But that does not mean the opening ceremony also becomes a mere formality losing all the glitz and passion which people relate to when watching IPL... the opening ceremony performers just went about their routines in a mechanical way repeating the movemnts.. there was no variety or new things in the ceremony which nmade it so boring after jus about 15 minutes...

  • mjrvasu on April 18, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Great, saving 100 Crores of rupees. But for who? BCCI? So what is BCCI going to do with this additional savings, any contribution to nurturing future players, grounds, facilities for spectators, or subsidising future match tickets for the public? Come on Mr Amin - make a statement about this too.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on April 18, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Yeah, they are trying to turn IPL into a Ranji Trophy. The results are out there for everyone to see. Most of the stadiums are half-empty (or 2/3 empty like Eden Gardens). In previous years the grounds used to be packed and the atmosphere was electric. And the opening ceremony was so lame compared to previous years. If the current administrators don't like the IPL, why don't they do away with it, and introduce a domestic Twenty20 competition between the Ranji Trophy teams?

  • srikarr12 on April 18, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Modi made more money by investing more............Whats your point Amin?

    Just because you dont have the adaptability and creativeness doesnt mean you sit on your bottom and tell everyone how much you saved. Go be more creative and efficient. No return without risk.

  • Rajiv007 on April 18, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    "One of the expenditures that has been stopped is the IPL parties, which were held after almost every game in previous seasons and worsened the hectic playing and travelling schedule of the teams."

    This the best thing they have done!

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  • Rajiv007 on April 18, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    "One of the expenditures that has been stopped is the IPL parties, which were held after almost every game in previous seasons and worsened the hectic playing and travelling schedule of the teams."

    This the best thing they have done!

  • srikarr12 on April 18, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Modi made more money by investing more............Whats your point Amin?

    Just because you dont have the adaptability and creativeness doesnt mean you sit on your bottom and tell everyone how much you saved. Go be more creative and efficient. No return without risk.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on April 18, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Yeah, they are trying to turn IPL into a Ranji Trophy. The results are out there for everyone to see. Most of the stadiums are half-empty (or 2/3 empty like Eden Gardens). In previous years the grounds used to be packed and the atmosphere was electric. And the opening ceremony was so lame compared to previous years. If the current administrators don't like the IPL, why don't they do away with it, and introduce a domestic Twenty20 competition between the Ranji Trophy teams?

  • mjrvasu on April 18, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Great, saving 100 Crores of rupees. But for who? BCCI? So what is BCCI going to do with this additional savings, any contribution to nurturing future players, grounds, facilities for spectators, or subsidising future match tickets for the public? Come on Mr Amin - make a statement about this too.

  • Jagan7 on April 18, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Cut down on the IPL Nights is a good move.... But that does not mean the opening ceremony also becomes a mere formality losing all the glitz and passion which people relate to when watching IPL... the opening ceremony performers just went about their routines in a mechanical way repeating the movemnts.. there was no variety or new things in the ceremony which nmade it so boring after jus about 15 minutes...

  • jorock on April 18, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    IPL Parties they were one of the bad things when Lalit was around . I am sure that was having a bad effect on our players. Now it's cricket all the way each player is playing for showcasing his potential.This gives more to Indian cricket back for organising this tournament .I believe we have find out the players like Paul ,chipli, Menaria in this tournament till date.

  • Sameer_Ponnada on April 18, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    @ mjrvasu.. spt on mate.. agree with u completely.. the richest sports body in the world cant even come up with one genuine fast bowler.. and the facilities/grounds are no where near that of those in other countries.. Its time BCCI invested money in developing the game in India than filling pockets of bunch of overrated players..

  • stunnerbond27 on April 18, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    @mjrvasu: spot on... very well said

  • guptaXI on April 18, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Modi was the man... I find it hard to believe that viewership has been matched with what it was last year. Regardless of the WC just getting over and the viewer fatigue arguement, the glam and glitz would have kept the interest alive. I hate to say it, but without Lalit Modi, the IPL will never be the same.

  • on April 18, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Good that BCCI saved money. What about the associte countries? do they get any thing? The associate countries are foced to allow players to participate due to pressure from BCCI. Example, if Sri Lanka cricket object, than BCCI will say that, they will not tour Sri-Lanka. Its not cricket!!!