CSK won the last edition of CLT20 © IANS
CSK won the last edition of CLT20 © IANS

The Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) is seriously thinking about introducing a ‘Mini-Indian Premier League [IPL]’, involving all eight IPL teams to replace the Champions League T2o (CLT20). This tournament is most probably starting from this year and the duration of the event will be maximum 15 days. United Arab Emirates (UAE) is most likely to host the first edition of this new tournament.

According to a Indian Express, on the sidelines of the IPL final on May 24, the BCCI officials met with Cricket Australia (CA) and Cricket South Africa (CSA), the other two stakeholders of CLT20 and informed them about the future of CLT20, richest T20 league of the world. Few days back, Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary also indicated that the CLT20 might be scrapped as it was not getting enough sponsors and as a result the official broadcaster — Star Sports — was not keen on continuing with the tournament.

Following the meeting, the BCCI prepared the schedule for India’s internationals  future assignments, according to which, South Africa will be touring India in the months of September and October — a window which is normally allotted to CLT20.

Thakur also indicated that the BCCI is looking at other possibilities and a decision will be made in the coming weeks. Now it has emerged that the organisers are keen on having a short tournament involving only IPL teams. Though there hasn’t been any official meeting on this, one of the board officials confirmed that the idea has been proposed and it is still in initial rounds.

“As of now we are looking at various possibilities and one among them is this where the eight IPL teams will be divided into two groups and the format will be on the same lines as the CLT20. But the time this time will be much shorter, may be just two weeks and logistics-wise it shouldn’t create any problem either,” a top board official told Indian Express on Thursday.

Now It it learnt, currently the discussions are taking place between the official broadcaster and Star Sports seems to have told BCCI that until and unless all eight IPL teams take place it will be extremely difficult to sustain the tournament.

“The board has to take the broadcasters into the equation as they are the ones who suffer the most when something doesn’t go well. When it comes to foreign teams they don’t get that many advertisements and even the crowds don’t turn up, this is the reason we’ve always had double headers meaning fans just to need to buy ticket for once and they can watch two matches on the same day. But even that has not worked. So if we have a mini-IPL kind of a thing, then it will be perfect as even the franchises stand to gain from it,” explained the official.