Mumbai Indians won the IPL 2015 recently © IANS
Two editions of IPL within one year is just too much © IANS

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to scrap Champions League T20 (CLT20) this year, and replace it with another T20 tournament, involving all the eight Indian Premier League (IPL) teams. It will be kind of ‘Mini IPL’. Sandipan Banerjee asserts this will be an overdose and it will harm the flavour of IPL, as surely the Indian cricket board would get richer with another such tournament.

After the hectic work schedule of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and Indian Premier League (IPL), as a cricket journalist, the current days feel like honeymoon period for me personally. Now, when I look back to such a hectic schedule, I find those days were so exciting, wild, grilling, and full of innumerable challenges.

The 2015 cricket World Cup Down Under meant those covering it from India had very early mornings, whereas the IPL matches start atrociously late in the day, more suitable for the fans who can head their homes and enjoy the thrill of T20 cricket. Unfortunately, journalists do not enjoy such.  READ: BCCI to introduce a new T20 tournament involving all 8 IPL teams

The eighth edition of IPL followed 47 days of some really good cricket in World Cup. Different format, different flavour, and different time zone — from early morning shifts to working very late in nights. At times, till the wee hours. By the end of IPL, for me, both as a journalist as well as a fan (if anything of that is left in me, trying to remain unbiased and not get carried away) — clearly it was overdose of cricket. I am sure most of other cricket fans also felt the same.

The end of IPL would certainly have brought relief and smiles on the faces of those over-worked, over-travelled and over-exhausted cricketers who had been going full throttle in the past couple of months. It will not be wrong to say the same for cricket journalists, and this is why the rumours of another IPL-like tournament, or even the second edition of IPL within one year, seems terrifying. READ: Archana Vijaya: Sachin Tendulkar is my all-time favourite cricketer

Yes, it sounds true. BCCI is planning a T20 tournament in 2015, scrapping the unamusing CLT20.. The CLT20, which was apparently meant to be the richest T20 leagues in the world, having the best of the best men in the shortest formats having a go at each other, will be shut.. The event indeed failed to took off in its six editions, despite of various promotional measures by the organisers as well as the broadcaster.

Few days back, Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary indicated that CLT20 might be scrapped as it was not getting enough sponsors and as a result Star TV, was not keen on continuing with the tournament. Thakur also mentioned that the BCCI is looking at other possibilities and a decision will be made very soon. Now it is being learnt, that the organisers are keen on having a short tournament, a ‘Mini-IPL’, involving all eight IPL teams. READ: IPL 2015: Fan Park a huge success in opening year

The duration of the event will be maximum 15 days. It will be played just before the start of South Africa’s tour of India later this year. United Arab Emirates (UAE) is most likely to host the first edition of this new tournament.

But the question here is: will the fans embrace another IPL, which is already so long, demanding as well as tedious at times?

Very unlikely.

BCCI is making the same mistake which it did while handling Test and one-day cricket. In the late 1990s and early 2000s there used to be one team touring India during the cricket season, which had a Test series and maximum of five One-Day Internationals (ODIs). There used to be huge hype and full house at the venues. READ: IPL 2015: Flop XI of the tournament

However, after 15 years, the scenario has completely changed.   India now play at least two home series every season. Tests are greeted with empty stadiums and low TRPs. Even in the ODIs, at major venues stands hardly get full. Now the BCCI has started to allot limited overs matches to the smaller venues to get those fans to the stadiums who have remained deprived of international cricket for far too long, and at the same time, using the opportunity to make sure that cricket continues to grow in India.

But it seems that BCCI has not  learnt the lesson. Perhaps, just to please the broadcasters it is taking a gamble with most nourished product, IPL. It is being feared, two T20 tournaments in a year, involving the IPL teams will kill the unique flavour of IPL. Catering the needs of the fans is all-right but serving them too much quantity is not wise. READ: BCCI to take decision on whether or not to scrap CLT20

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting, and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)