IPL and its glory is just unimaginable to match not only for other cricketing tournaments but for some other sports also. IPL lures players from all across the world even the players from other sports dream of playing in IPL.
In the first edition of the tournament itself, IPL set itself as a brand among the other cricketing leagues across the globe. That editions saw players, the world over, participating in an unprecedented environment.
Now after 12 years, according to former IPL COO Sundar Raman, the IPL Governing council might consider expanding the tournament to ten teams tussle in upcoming 2-3 years.
Over the years, there have been a lot of changes in the league including team additions for a couple of times. Originally, the IPL had been 8-team affair before IPL GC introduced two more teams in 2011 season in the form of Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers Kerala. In the subsequent editions, though, the tournament became a 9-team affair as BCCI terminated one team for breaching contract.
In an interview with the Telegraph Sport, Sundar said that with IPL the amount of talent and infrastructure available, it won’t be a surprise if BCCI considers expanding the league.
“I definitely think that a 10-team IPL is on the horizon in two to three years. There is a need to expand. IPL is a more mature game now than what it was in 2008,” Sundar Raman said.
“The amount of infrastructure that’s available, the amount of talent that is available, and the amount of revenue that these players can earn and make a living out of it requires some serious consideration – and I would think that it is a requirement of the league for IPL to expand. If IPL has to expand and that’s what will grow the game, why not?”
But, the major problem lies in the limited time window available for organising the tournament. Also, the boards, which does not have many players participating in IPL, like Pakistan, Bangladesh or Zimbabwe will lose their share of international cricket and profit also.
“Increasing the IPL could create conflict and therefore the middling boards will not be able to have their international matches. That is something that, yes, being thought of honestly – yes maybe that’s an issue. But how can we make sure that everyone – Pakistan or Sri Lanka or Bangladesh or Zimbabwe – can benefit financially? I don’t know the answer to that. But I believe at some point those questions will be asked and maybe multiple points of view will help us find that answer,” Sundar Raman maintained.