Rajeev Shukla also spoke about IPL    PTI
Rajeev Shukla also spoke about IPL PTI

Among one of the most successful ventures in the arena of franchise-based cricket is Indian Premier League (IPL). It completed a successful tenth season in 2017. However, it seems like Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not happy with its frequency of one tournament annually. Looking at the tournament’s success, BCCI are eager to introduce mini IPL. The preferred venue of the tournament is learnt to be UAE. In an already-packed cricket calendar of the Indian players, it will be difficult to determine when exactly will this newly-thought tournament find a place. READ – BCCI seal reasonable revenue deal with ICC: Vinod Rai

Chairman of IPL, Rajeev Shukla told Gulf News, One concept that we are deliberating and considering is launching a mini edition of the IPL overseas. We have seen that there is huge attraction for IPL overseas. Earlier, we used to stage our Champions League T20 abroad and that slot is still vacant. We are thinking of a mini edition in that slot.

Dubai will be most favoured destination for the mini IPL, he replied when asked about the venue.

A lot of changes are to be expected now that IPL will step into its eleventh edition, confirmed Shukla.

The next 10 years are going to be interesting. We are changing the revenue sharing model. Earlier franchises took the license fee but now they will be sharing the revenue with the BCCI. Another important thing is about tenders for the broadcasters. In fact, broadcasters tenders will be out in July and we are expecting manifold rise in it.

Another question is the number of participating teams, given the two banned franchises are supposed to resume playing from the next season.

So far we have decided for eight teams only, otherwise the season will get extended and that will be a problem. If we go for 10 teams, we will have to stage minimum 84 matches. However, the governing council will be considering it but so far the tender will be only for eight teams.

Shukla also credited the timely IPL 10 for India s success in ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

The Indian players had played in the IPL before the Champions Trophy and so they were already fit and were in rhythm. IPL also creates bonhomie among the players as they have been playing together for different teams , concluded Shukla.