To innovate cricket’s global landscape once again, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is gearing up to launch a new franchise competition, potentially starting as early as 2024. This follows their revolutionary introduction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) fifteen years ago. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah spearheads the planning for this league, which is being met with enthusiasm in cricket circles.
What Happened? According to a report by MoneyControl, the BCCI is considering the T10 format for this league, recognizing the growing popularity of shorter cricket formats. However, they’re also weighing whether to stick with the T20 format.
Debates are currently ongoing within the BCCI regarding critical decisions such as implementing an age cap for players, offering existing IPL franchises the right of first refusal, and deciding whether to host the tournament in India or rotate it between international venues.
The new league’s potential impact on the IPL is a primary concern. With the IPL’s strengths lying in its prime-time appeal, participation of top white-ball cricketers, and strong corporate investment, the BCCI is cautious about ensuring the new league complements rather than competes with the IPL.
A major change for Cricket? This development could mark a significant shift in cricket’s focus towards franchise-based competitions, potentially impacting the future of bilateral cricket and 50-over formats.
It also opens possibilities for partnerships with nations like Saudi Arabia, keen on boosting tourism through cricket. However, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) might remain uniquely positioned due to favourable summer weather patterns in the UK.
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