New Delhi: The Indian cricket board will not allow any private group to organize a multimillion-dollar cricket series competing games run by the board, an official said Wednesday.
Lalit Modi, a board vice president, was reacting to Essel Group Chairman Subash Chandra’s announcement on Tuesday that he will start a new cricket tournament in India later this year in twenty20 format, involving Indian and foreign players.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India is yet to receive Chandra’s proposal,” Modi told The Associated Press.
If the proposal is received, the would look at whether the organizers want to be part of the BCCI system or organize a breakaway series, he said.
“A parallel series would not be allowed,” Modi said. The BCCI allows some private groups to organize cricket matches in the country.
Modi also said the participation of Indian or foreign players would require approval from cricket authorities in respective countries.
On Tuesday, Chandra said the new format would have a total of six teams — each comprising four foreign, two Indian and eight young players.
Chandra didn’t give the names of the players who would play for his group, which would have an initial corpus of Rs1 billion.
However, he also said he did not want to act against the BCCI.
Chandra said his objective was to improve the quality of cricket in India, especially after India’s debacle in the World Cup being played in the Caribbean.
India lost to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in preliminary round matches and made an unceremonious exit from the tournament.