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Ramiz Raja to oppose extended IPL window in ICC conference

Ramiz Raja to oppose extended IPL window in ICC conference

The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Mr Ramiz Raja has announced to take forceful action against the extended IPL window. Recently, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a separate two-and-a-half-month window dedicated to the Indian Premier League in ICC Future Tour Programs (FTP).

Undoubtedly, IPL being a cash-rich league has been massive over the years. In the recent developments, it became the second-most-valued league selling its media rights for  INR 48,390 crore for 2023-27 this month. Since many big players have not been its part due to national commitments, the secretary of BCCI, Jay Shah announced extending the IPL window in ICC FTP.

Raja does not find it acceptable and says he is ready to challenge the extended IPL window in the upcoming conference of the International Cricket Council. He is not ready to see international cricket halting for a tenure of more than two months for the franchise-based cricket.

“There has been no announcement or decision as yet on the IPL window being increased. I will give my views on this issue at the ICC conference. My point is clear: if there is any development in world cricket that means we are being short-changed, we will challenge it in a very forceful manner and put our point across strongly in the ICC,”

It must be noted Pakistan did not play any international match from 6th April to 7th June due to the IPL 2022. If the BCCI succeeds in getting an extension from ICC, things might get worst for the cricket-loving nation.

Notably, IPL 2022 already lasted for a long since the mega auction pulled two new teams this year, Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants. Consequently, the league’s round-robin stage witnessed 70 matches alongside a final and three playoffs.

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