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BCCI to succeed in another plan for making IPL even bigger

BCCI to succeed in another plan for making IPL even bigger

Undoubtedly, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has gained massive success in 15 years, being the cricket giant, and leading the franchise-based cricket arena. Gaining a heavy audience and followers, the world-leading tournament has made it into the ICC Future Programs and will occupy a two-and-a-half-month window of FTP.

As of now, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking forward to taking another major step in making IPL a god of modern-day cricket. The board has been planning to conduct two IPL seasons per year, and the former Indian coach, Ravi Shastri, feels the plan will soon be a reality.

It has been heard that one of the two IPLs will be as usual, whereas another will be a shorter version, being the mini knockout version. The Mini IPL is likely to follow the same format as in the World Cups. Shastri will not be surprised if international cricket’s bilateral series will be reduced due to IPL domination.

The ex-coach feels IPL itself is a separate industry which is driven by demand. With greater demand in the market, the tournament can even enforce more franchises in future, making it occupy more than the two-and-a-half-month window.

While talking to Shastri told Telegraph Sport’s Vaughany and Tuffers CC podcast,

I think you might have two [IPL] seasons. I wouldn’t be surprised at all. If bilateral cricket is reduced, you might well have a shorter format of the IPL in the latter half of the year, more like a World Cup format with a knockout that decides the winner.”

“The full competition with 10 teams could go to 12 teams in the future with the schedule stretching from one-and-a-half to two months,” added Shastri. “All that is possible because it is driven by the money and supply and demand. The demand is big for that type of format.”

“The IPL will be tempted to go in that direction. It’s great for the sport, great for the players, broadcasters and people who work around the teams. It’s [the IPL] an industry on its own now,”

He further added franchise cricket should be encouraged no matter in which country it happens.

“There’s a lot of franchise cricket which can be encouraged, whichever country it’s in –  India, West Indies, or Pakistan.”

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