Bengaluru might have been the favoured destination for hosting the auctions for the Indian Premier League (IPL), with the Karnataka capital hosting it for the last three editions, but that could change this year with the powers-that-be mooting the idea of shifting it to Mumbai this year.
A report on CricketNext carried the statement of a a senior official of an IPL franchise, who said on Friday that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is considering the move, as it could prove more convenient both logistically as well as financially for the organisers.
"Earlier, the IMG team in the last few years would head off to Bengaluru well in advance to start the back-end work. And then you had all the IPL governing council members heading to the city a few days prior to the auction. Having it in Mumbai also helps in keeping the cost under check," the official was quoted as saying according to the report.
Mumbai had earlier hosted the auction for the inaugural edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 league back in 2008, before getting a second shot at it two years later. The only other times Bengaluru did not host the event was in 2009 and 2013, which took place in Goa and Chennai respectively.
The franchises though, did not take exception to the postponement of the auction date, which is now likely to take place between 20 to 25 February instead of the original date of 4 February, with the BCCI yet to finalise a date for the event.
"Yes, we were earlier told that the auction would take place in the first week of February, but then it had to be delayed for obvious reasons. But that is okay because we all realise that the BCCI has had other priorities and there is a legitimate reason behind the postponement," the official was quoted as saying in the report.
The BCCI's Committee of Administrators (COA) however, finalised the dates for the tournament on Wednesday, with the 10th edition of the league now set to take place between 5 April to 21 May.