The Indian Premier League (IPL) may have an prolonged 10-week window within the subsequent worldwide calendar to permit all of the world’s prime cricketers to take part within the well-liked Twenty20 competitors, a prime Indian board official informed Reuters.
Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah additionally informed Reuters that there aren’t any instant plans so as to add extra franchises to the 10-team competitors and that any future additions should not dilute the standard of the product.
“We’re in discussions with the ICC (Worldwide Cricket Council) and several other different cricket boards to have an unique window for the IPL,” Shah mentioned.
“Let me guarantee you that there can be a two-and-a-half-month window within the subsequent ICC FTP (Future Excursions Programme) calendar so that every one prime worldwide gamers can take part.
“Since this event advantages all … we’ve obtained a optimistic response from the ICC and different member boards,” Shah added.
The IPL is at the moment performed out over two months, throughout which period worldwide cricket successfully involves a halt. The league will go from the present 74 matches per season to 94 in 2027.
The governing ICC is more likely to talk about the 2024-2031 FTP calendar subsequent month.
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This 12 months’s IPL featured two new franchises and one among them, Gujarat Titans, beat Rajasthan Royals in entrance of 100,000 followers within the Might 29 remaining in Ahmedabad.
Gujarat and Lucknow Tremendous Giants paid a mixed $1.7 billion to affix the league, which might stay a 10-team affair “for now”, mentioned Shah.
“Increasing the IPL additional will rely on many components like increasing the expertise pool with no compromise on high quality of expertise, strengthening grassroots, constructing the best infrastructure and lots of different components,” he mentioned.
Shah dismissed recommendations that extending the IPL window would disrupt India’s dedication to worldwide cricket.
“The BCCI stays dedicated to worldwide cricket and it isn’t simply the marquee collection like India v England or India v Australia,” he mentioned.
“We wish to design a complete calendar the place we intention to assist affiliate nations with constant and common bilateral excursions.”