Hyderabad may miss IPL

The cash-strapped HCA has been pleading with BCCI for release of funds, but in vain so far. John Manoj, secretary of HCA said he had been writing letters to BCCI but he has got no reply.

By Author   |   Published: 21st Mar 2017   12:30 am Updated: 20th Mar 2017   11:10 pm

Hyderabad: Thanks to the stalemate over the strike of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) employees, the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s IPL matches in city may be shifted to Raipur, according to sources in Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday.

Over 120 employees, including groundsmen, have been on strike since the first week of March for non-payment of salaries since two months. The cash-strapped HCA has been pleading with BCCI for release of funds, but in vain so far. John Manoj, secretary of HCA said he had been writing letters to BCCI but he has got no reply.

Apart from the opening ceremony scheduled on April 5, the city was to host eight matches, including the final on May 21. This may not be the first time the IPL matches had to move out of Hyderabad. In 2010, owing to the Telangana movement, the matches were shifted to Mumbai and Nagpur.