If the latest reports are to be believed BCCI’s plan of organising an IPL All-Star game ahead of the IPL this year could be in danger. According to the reports, the franchises and their sponsors are not ready to release their players just a week before the marquee tournament.
As par the new reports the Cricket and commercial both reasons are making it tough for the BCCI to organise an IPL all-star game just three days prior to the tournament. While the franchises are citing the reason of injury concerns, the sponsors are not ready to allow the players to wear a new jersey in place of theirs.
A franchise owner told in a news outlet, “Commercially, we are not okay if players don’t wear our jersey (regardless of an IPL All-Star game),” a franchise owner told the news outlet.
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And the other franchise source said “sharing a player just days or a week before the start of the IPL doesn’t make sense. There are injury risks involved. A player will have to miss out on team bonding exercises and travel that much more. There’s only that much time that players — who arrive from all over the world — get to bond with each other before the start of the tournament. It doesn’t make sense.”
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Earlier, after the IPL GC meeting, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly hadconfirmed that an All –Star Match will be organised three days prior to the Marquee tournament for the charity purpose.
The match is supposed to include stars from the all 8-franchise of the IPL. And of the match happens, we will get to see IPL fames along with International stars making their way out on the field together.
According to the reports, BCCI is planning to make two teams from the group of 8 teams of the IPL. The teams might be divided in North-East and South-West Zones.
While the North-East team will be picked from Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, the forth teams in the North Eastern part of India. The South West team will have players from the other four, i.e. Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, SunrisersHyderabad and Mumbai Indians.