Starting from this year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is prepared to launch a miniature form of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) in every September.
On Friday, BCCI President Anurag Thakur announced at the end of the board’s working committee meeting in Dharamsala that the club will be launched about abroad and the date and organization of the event will be publicized.
“In the month of September, the BCCI is willing to host a mini IPL or IPL overseas. It will be a shorter format, not home and away matches but a lesser number of matches; in a two-week window we will be able to complete it.” Thakur said.
Thakur added that BCCI had a limited window accessible for the event as the Duleep Trophy – India’s first-class zonal competition – is planned for the end of September.
“It is a tight schedule. It is in a less than two-week window we have to organise [the tournament]. And we have to look into various details: which country we can play in, how many teams, how many players should participate, who will be the broadcaster — all these issues need to deliberated, but we are keen to play in that window.” He said.
Sony already has claimed the rights for the IPL till 2017 however; Star is recognised as the most preferred to bag the communications rights for the mini IPL.
“More details can be shared once we speak to the various stakeholders. We’ll speak to the franchises, to the broadcaster, and look at the revenue model before finalising the dates and the format.” Thakur disclosed.
“There are many options, many countries host the IPL. So there will be a process to look at the various time zones available, various markets available, which could be the best partner country, whether every year it should be hosted in that country or the countries can be changed.” He concluded, stating that the BCCI’s plausible venue options include US and the UAE although naming a country right now is not likely.