Official IPL website goes offline
With just over 24 hours to go before the start of the Indian Premier League the high profile tournament which cricket20, cricinfo and other online cricket portals are banned from attending is still without an official website.
This latest development highlights a week of strange going on's with the jewel in the IPL's crown.
On Monday morning the old flash site was taken off indianpremierleague.com before being replaced by a rather crude redirect to an IP address, 22.214.171.124, which allowed users to view the new bland and sterile Official IPL website, this lasted until Monday lunch time when the new site was taken down.
Before today's developments the IP address just displayed a 'Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage' message, it would appear now that the redirect has been turned off and the indianpremierleague.com is empty.
Canada-based Live Current Media Inc. secured the rights to build the Indian Premier League (IPL) and BCCI websites at a combined cost of $50 million. While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) portal is worth $30 million, the IPL website fetched $20 million, according to a top BCCI official.
The skeletal IPL website, which is currently not accessible, is expected to be launched before the Twenty20 tournament starts in Bangalore Friday evening.
IANS reported March 26 that the BCCI had secured a $50 million deal with a listed company in North America and that the revenue will be split on a 50:50 basis between the BCCI and Live Current Media.
“The board gave the BCCI member associations the details of the deal Wednesday. With the IPL in so much demand with the corporate houses and advertisers, it was not surprising that its website is fetching just $10 million less than the BCCI portal,” the official told IANS.