The BCCI on Tuesday issued a 10-point advisory to its affiliated units for conducting T20 tournaments. State associations staging these tournaments are now required to ensure strict compliance with this advisory, which has the approval of the CoA.
As per the guidelines, which apply to those state units who are currently running a T20 tournament as well, a staging association must apply for approval of a T20 tournament 45 days prior to the event. The application, which must include each and every detail about the tournament, must be submitted to the BCCI secretary.
In the ‘eligibility of participants’ clause, it has been made clear that “the participation of players shall be restricted to only those players who are registered with the staging association and qualify to represent it in the BCCI’s domestic tournaments.” It has been clarified that “those players who are registered with the staging association and/or with the clubs/districts within the territorial jurisdiction of that association for the sake of playing local matches/tournament, but who represent another state association in the BCCI domestic tournaments are not eligible to participate in the Tournament.
For avoidance of doubt, it is emphasised that players outside the territorial jurisdiction of the staging association are not eligible to participate in the tournament and that players can represent only one state association in a particular cricket season.”
It is also mandatory that the franchisees must have a registered office in the jurisdiction of the staging association. The support staff, match officials must also be from the jurisdiction of the staging association. “Although it can outsource the cricket operations part to an outside agency, a staging association will not be allowed to sublicense the hosting rights to the tournament.
The association will not be allowed to conduct the tournament during the IPL and/or fifteen (15) days before or after the IPL and/or during 15th September to end of February every year. To deal with the massive danger of corruption in these tournaments, the BCCI’ Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) “shall nominate and appoint two (2) ACOs for the tournament whose fee will be paid by the BCCI.”
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