Mumbai, Sep 7: The sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 6) was hit by spot-fixing controversy. But that did not stop the cash-rich Twenty20 league from making huge financial gains, according to a media report on Saturday.
A report in "Mail Today" said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made a record Rs 359.93 crore surplus, a mammoth 135.40 per cent increase compared to the previous edition (IPL 5).
This year's IPL was rocked by spot-fixing scandal. Three Rajasthan Royals' players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by police. They were alleged to have received money from bookies to spot fix Royals' matches.
"The figure of Rs 359.93 crore is part of the 2013-14 budget chalked out by the BCCI. Since the IPL was held in the ongoing financial year, the actual amount is expected to be either the same or close to the projected income in the 2013-14 balance sheet.
Even assuming the final figure is a few crores less, it will still be the best ever IPL edition by a huge margin since 2008, when the innovative league was launched. The best season so far had been the 2011 tournament, which earned a surplus of Rs 265.14 crore," the report said.
Controversy or not, IPL continues to be a big hit with the fans.