If the latest reports in the domain are to be believed the IPL All-Star match ahead of the IPL this year is seemed to be called off. According to the reports, the franchises and their sponsors are not willing to release their players just a few days before the marquee tournament as they can use this time to organize some promotional activities and practice sessions.
As per the reports there are several reasons that are making it tough for the BCCI to organise an IPL all-star match just a few days prior to the tournament. While the franchises are citing the reason of injury concerns, the sponsors are not ready to allow the players to wear a new jersey in place of theirs.
Earlier, a franchise owner told, “Commercially, we are not okay if players don’t wear our jersey (regardless of an All-Star game).”
And another franchise source said “sharing a player just days or a week before the start of the IPL doesn’t make sense. There are injury risks involved. A player will have to miss out on team bonding exercises and travel that much more. There’s only that much time that players — who arrive from all over the world — get to bond with each other before the start of the tournament. It doesn’t make sense.”
Back in January, after the IPL Governing Council meeting, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had announced that an All –Star Match will be organised on March 25 for the charity purposes.
The match was supposed to include stars from all the 8-franchises of the IPL.BCCI was planning to make two teams from the group of 8 teams of the IPL. The teams might have been divided in North-East and South-West Zones.
While the North-East team would have been picked from Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, the four teams in the North Eastern part of India. The South West team would have had players from the other four, i.e. Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians.