IPL and other leagues might reduce Bilateral Cricket Series

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The Indian Premier League(IPL) is currently one of the richest leagues in Cricket. The extended schedule of the cash-rich tournament is seemingly causing congestion of dates on calender. IPL is not the only league as Cricket South Africa has announced a new T20 competition and Emirates Cricket Board is coming up with one of its own next year. Amid this, ICC Chairman Greg Barclay is set to meet prospective rights holders for ICC’s next rights cycle (2024-31) and believes leagues like IPL will cause the reduced dates of Bilateral Cricket Series.

Greg Barclay opens up on the matter

“I am not comfortable with any congestion in the calendar,” said Barclay in an interview when asked about the IPL-sized problem.

“But life is not perfect. The thing I am pleased about is that there is so much interest for cricket. It’s a healthy problem to have. Finding a resolution won’t be easy because there is going to be a compromise and some parties are going to miss out to an extent. It’s not hard to work out that the squeeze is going to be on the smaller full members and upcoming associate members who may miss the opportunity to get to leverage from their own arrangements.”

The demands to fit in the games in the calendar has been difficult amid the emergence of new leagues recently.  “It’s not something that the ICC can dictate,” said Barclay. “We have three variables that we are looking at. One is the increased ICC events with the increased number of teams. We have more leagues being introduced in the mix. The IPL has stretched out. So, the bit that gets squeezed are the bilateral arrangements.”

It has been also noted that BCCI is expecting bumper returns from the media rights sale in the next couple of weeks.

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