The BCCI satisfied with how things panned out. Resorting to cost-cutting, the world’s richest cricket board garnered revenue of Rs 4000 crore and the television viewership soared up by 25 per cent.
According to the report, the opening of IPL 2020 between MI and CSK at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi turned out to be a record-breaker as well.
BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal was over the moon after the successful conduct of the IPL.
“The Board managed to cut nearly 35 per cent of the cost as compared to the last IPL. We earned Rs 4000 crore during the pandemic time. Our TV viewership went about 25 per cent higher, we got the highest-ever opening game (Mumbai Indians versus Chennai Super Kings) viewership.
“Those who doubted us came and thanked us for hosting the IPL. Had this IPL not happened, cricketers would have lost one year,” Dhumal was quoted as saying in The Indian Express.
“In case we had any COVID cases, the board had blocked 200 rooms separately so that patients can be quarantined and only join once they have fully recovered,” he stated.
“When we heard the news, we tried to understand whether it is asymptomatic or serious. We were told all are asymptomatic. So, all went under isolation and we went by all health authorities’ advice. We must thank the UAE, which stood with us every moment,” Dhumal added.