BCCI in plans to host IPL twice in a year


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is contemplating a groundbreaking move that could revolutionize the landscape of cricket globally. The proposal on the table is to host the Indian Premier League (IPL), the world’s most lucrative cricket tournament, twice annually.

The IPL, since its inception in 2008, has been a once-a-year extravaganza, typically held between March and May. The tournament has grown exponentially, both in terms of popularity and financial success. It has attracted the best cricketing talent from around the world, making it a global spectacle.

The idea of hosting the IPL twice a year stems from the tournament’s immense success. The BCCI believes that an additional season could further enhance the IPL’s global appeal, attract more international talent, and generate increased revenue.

However, this ambitious move is not without its challenges. The primary concern is the already packed international cricket calendar. Finding a suitable window for an additional IPL season could prove to be a logistical nightmare. It would require careful planning and coordination with other cricket boards to avoid clashes with international fixtures.

Arun Dhumal on hosting IPL twice in a year

“In the IPL Media Rights for the five-year (2023-2027) cycle, we are planning 74 games in the first two seasons, then gradually go up to 84 in the next two and 94 if we get that kind of a window. As of now, the kind of bilateral arrangement that we have for the coming four years, we need to find a window for 84 games and subsequently for 94,” IPL Chairman Arun Dhumal said.

IPL Chairman Arun Dhumal
IPL Chairman Arun Dhumal

“The season is so packed with the bilateral arrangements and ICC events happening every year, it is difficult to find time. But, if there is a window available and if we can do something creative, which adds value to what we are doing, definitely we will look at that,” he added.

Another concern is player fatigue. Cricket players already have a hectic schedule, and an additional IPL could add to their workload. The BCCI would need to ensure player welfare is not compromised in the pursuit of commercial success.

The proposal also raises questions about the tournament’s format. Would the additional season follow the same format as the existing one, or would it introduce new elements to keep the audience engaged? These are questions that the BCCI would need to address.

Despite these challenges, the prospect of hosting the IPL twice a year is an exciting one. It represents a bold and ambitious move by the BCCI, reflecting their confidence in the IPL brand. If successful, it could set a new precedent for domestic cricket leagues worldwide.

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