The board is clear that fan safety is the priority as rightly pointed out by Rijiju. Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that it is obvious that the safety of the fans would be a priority whenever live sporting action returns in the country. He went on to add that gate money wouldn’t be the primary focus at this point in time and revenue generated from broadcasting the games should work fine.
“In these extraordinary times, gate money is the least of anyone’s concerns. Fan safety obviously takes priority. When cricket happens, the broadcast revenue is the first chunk of revenue necessary for BCCI and the state associations’ subsistence. Same is the case for the IPL.
“Nobody is going to say no to gate revenue, but no one in their right minds is going to give gate money preference over fan safety.
Those who have organised matches understand this basic tenet. Moreover, the Sports Minister has given a statement and he represents the government with regard to the sporting ecosystem in the country. One must take note of the same and understand the gravity of the situation,” said the official.
Rijiju on his part has made it clear that while sporting events will resume slowly as athletes have already been given the permission to start individual training, a call on IPL would be taken by the government with an eye on the coronavirus pandemic.
He also made it clear that sportspersons should be ready to play behind closed doors.