Indian Premier League is the most affluent and successful league in the history of the cricket. The tournament has its viewership all across the globe. This is the reason that the owners of the franchises of IPL has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow them to participate in the Off-Season off season matches abroad to expand their brand.
And time again, BCCI has refused the proposal for some reasons. But with Sourav Gangulybeing at the helm of affairs this time, the proposal might be one of the concerns raised by team owners during the upcoming general meeting.
With BCCI also looking to expand the brand called IPL, this general meeting can be pivotal to chances of IPL teams playing abroad in off seasons. And if the reports are to be believed, for the first time in the 12-year history of tournament, BCCI might allow the eight franchises to play “friendly” fixtures outside of India.
A report in Wednesday’s Times of India also claimed the same, stating that as part of a brand-building exercise BCCI might allow the teams. TOI also quoted one of its sources saying,“Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals — they’ve all shown interest in playing abroad during the off-season (when IPL is not on). The BCCI refuses to even take it up officially, despite the GC discussing it in the recent past.
“It will only help the IPL grow outside of India, especially in the USA, Canada, Singapore and other non-cricketing countries. We can understand that playing in full-member countries is not possible, but why not otherwise?” added the source.
In the 12-years of the tournament, BCCI has only allowed the teams to participate in Champions League T20 tournament. But after the dissolution of the Champions League in 2014 due to poor viewership and lack of sponsorships, the franchises are repeatedly requesting the BCCI to allow them play overseas.
Though nothing much can be predicted about the outcome of the meeting, the idea of playing abroad will help the IPL in long run, making it one of the robust league across sports.