DHANGADHI, May 9: Ruslan Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL) has put the total expenditure for the second season of the marquee cricket event at Rs 31.2 million. Organizing a press meet on Tuesday, Dhangadhi Cricket Academy (DCA) made public its income and expenditure details.
The expenses were inflated by three times from the first edition of the league, according to Subash Shahi, president of DCA. He said the total income was Rs 11.9 million, owing to sponsorship amounts, ticket sale, and registration fees.
Similarly, amount of close to Rs 11.3 million was used up to cover food and accommodation throughout the tournament. A total of Rs 4.3 million including Rs 2.5 million for the tournament winners was allocated as the prize for the winners, before the tournament.
DPL also earned around Rs 1 million as the gate money, according to the organizers. “An average of 3000 spectators per day bought tickets and enjoyed the tournament this edition.
The culture of buying ticket to watch cricket match has been a positive achievement for us,” said Shahi at the event. He added: “Getting recognition from the International Cricket Council (ICC) was our biggest achievement this year. Not just for the tournament but the ICC approval has put Dhangadhi in the world map. Also, all the new experiments like live broadcasting, third umpires, replay and digital score-cards helped DPL get that extra glamour among the observers of the game at ground and on television.”
Shahi further announced the plan to host the third edition of the premier league at under-construction Fapla International Stadium. Similarly, day-night matches and home-away fixtures will be on the priority list for the next edition of the tournament. “We have already submitted a proposal of Rs 2 billion for the first phase construction of Fapla stadium. If the government wants, the stadium can be completed in three years’ time. They need to make it a national project. We are ready to go in the public-partnership model as many private sectors are willing to invest for the cause,” said Shahi.