THE BOARD of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has expressed its disenchantment with the way in which the internal issues of Kings XI Punjab have become a cause of major concern for them. The issue was raised in the IPL governing council meeting a few weeks ago and it’s learnt that the board will informally be asking the franchise to bring their house in order.
There were a number of incidents that transpired during IPL 9 that didn’t sit too well with the BCCI, and a lot of it had to do with the apparent lack of communication between the co-owners of Kings XI Punjab.
For one, when a PIL was filed in the Mumbai High Court regarding the shifting of IPL matches from Maharashtra owing to the drought-like conditions in the state, Ness Wadia — one of the co-owners — released a statement claiming that the franchise was fine with moving three of their ‘home’ games from Nagpur.
However, at the same time, an IPL official received an SMS from Preity Zinta, the other co-owner, that the team would stick to playing their matches at the Jamtha stadium.
“The BCCI is upset with how they function. We will be insisting upon them that there should be only one person who will deal with the board. Like with KKR, where Venky Mysore is the lone person, who is in touch with the BCCI. Here in KXIP, everyone is involved in dealing with issues. It has been a cause of embarrassment for the BCCI,” a BCCI official said.
There were also the matter regarding matches being apparently scheduled in Dharamshala when Kings XI Punjab issued a statement revealing that the picturesque venue would be their alternate venue. Later, they even sent a press release thanking Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president Anurag Thakur for his support. However, what irked BCCI’s newly elected president, Thakur, the most was Zinta’s decision to invite Himachal Pradesh chief minister, Virbhadra Singh, for those IPL games. Especially because the BCCI was made to shift the high-profile India vs Pakistan World T20 clash to Kolkata after Singh had been averse to the match being held in Dharamshala.
Without taking the consent of Thakur, Zinta went on to invite the chief-minister, knowing very well that Singh’s government had reservations about India vs Pakistan game in Dharmashala. There was no security clearance provided by the government for the IPL matches either.