If the sources are to be believed The Board of Control for Cricket in India is planning to start a mini IPL in the month of September- October. If this happens it will be a happy news for the cricket lovers.
BCCI along with Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa previously started Champions League T20 in these two months of window. But the inter-franchise annual tournament was closed after 2014 as it failed to attract the audience.
Now, BCCI wants to use the two-month window to organise a mini IPL type tournament. Hemang Amin, chief officer of Indian Premier League, said that BCCI wants to expand the brand named IPL. BCCI is seeing mini IPL as a new revenue stream and if ICC permits, BCCI can start mini IPL as soon as the window of two months becomes available.
This is what Hemang Amin said to Indian Express, “The Champions League (CLT20) used to be played during the Sep/Oct window of around 15-20 days, however, CLT20 has discontinued five years ago, the last event being the CLT20-2014. The Asia Cup, which is another event hosted every alternate year, was generally played during June, however, after CLT20 was discontinued the Asia Cup is now played during the CLT20 window of Sep/Oct and ICC has also scheduled the T20 World Cup in 2020 (Australia) and 2021 (India) around the same time.”
“Since the Sep/Oct was CLT20 window, BCCI should look at utilizing this as a 2nd IPL window so the existing teams can have a longer participation instead of the two months and this will also entail that BCCI creates a new revenue stream which will be beneficial for the teams, BCCI and extension of brand IPL.”
Hemang also added that the IPL working committee also discussed about organising friendly matches between IPL teams and associate nations to promote cricket.
“Till date no such friendlies have been played, however, a number of teams have requested that IPL teams be allowed to play IPL friendlies against each other at an overseas location instead of playing against an ICC associate member,” he added.