Sunrisers Hyderabad lifted the trophy in IPL 2016. Photo courtesy: IPL Twitter
Sunrisers Hyderabad lifted the trophy in IPL 2016. Photo courtesy: IPL Twitter

The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council met at Dharamsala on Thursday where an intense discussion took place regarding organising a ‘Mini IPL’ in September 2016. However no concurrent decision was taken at the end of the meeting and now the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) working committee is set to meet on Friday when a final call is expected about the ‘mini-IPL.’ The Champions League T20 was discontinued from last year and the BCCI is trying to fill in that window with the ‘Mini IPL’ when India are not scheduled to play any cricket. READ: BCCI contemplate mini IPL in September 2016

According to CricBuzz, a senior BCCI official said, “The Mumbai Indians wanted to play a few games against another franchise. Their request has been turned down and instead a proposal to launch a mini IPL was floated. We’re now considering the possibility of playing a short duration (10-15 days) tournament in the UAE or the US, in which all the eight teams can take part.”

The proposal was discussed during the governing council meeting which was addressed by IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla. BCCI president Anurag Thakur and BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke were in attendance. The BCCI sources also mentioned about USA and Dubai were in the running to host the event but the plan is still being only considered.

However there is one hurdle that could postpone the new concept of ‘Mini IPL’. India’s home season will go underway in September with Duleep Trophy featuring all big stars this season because the tournament is set to be played under lights with pink balls.