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IPL to have 10 teams for 10 weeks from 2023? Ex-COO has his say

If the event has extra groups, it could account for extra matches being performed.

Virat Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli. (Photograph by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

In 2011, the Indian Premier League, solely in its fourth version took a daring step to introduce two extra groups, Kochi and Pune to make the league a 10-team affair. Nonetheless, that didn’t final too lengthy. The Kochi was terminated by BCCI forward of the subsequent season and league had 9 franchises within the subsequent two seasons. In 2014, the event went again to its eight-team format after Pune determined to tug out because of monetary variations with the board.

With the quantity of recognition within the cash-rich league growing by yearly, the event may quickly have extra groups. There have been many reviews that BCCI is planning to broaden the league as soon as once more. Contemplating what the ex-IPL COO Sundar Raman stated in a current interview, it appears that evidently it may occur within the subsequent two or three years.

In an interview with Telegraph Sport, Raman revealed that the event may run for 10 weeks contemplating the rise within the variety of groups. He defined that the league has grown significantly prior to now few years. Going by his phrases, it appears BCCI would take the chance to broaden the league within the upcoming years because it has turn out to be a necessity now.

There’s a have to broaden IPL: Sundar Raman

“I positively suppose {that a} 10-team IPL is on the horizon in two to a few years. There’s a have to broaden. IPL is a extra mature recreation now than what it was in 2008,” Sundar informed The Telegraph. “The quantity of infrastructure that’s accessible, the quantity of expertise that’s accessible, and the quantity of income that these gamers can earn and make a residing out of it require some severe consideration – and I’d suppose that it’s a requirement of the league for IPL to broaden. If IPL has to broaden and that’s what is going to develop the sport, why not?” he defined.

If the event has extra groups, it could account for extra matches being performed. This might create a scenario the place the event clashes with the worldwide calendar, which the BCCI has tried to remain clear off. Many international locations have joined and tried to maintain a window for the event as they need the gamers to play within the league.

Nonetheless, Raman identified that the board wants to determine a construction the place each worldwide workforce advantages financially. Pakistan gamers have been restricted from IPL since 2009. It’s also very uncommon {that a} participant from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or Zimbabwe will get an opportunity within the event.

“Growing the IPL may create battle and subsequently the middling boards will be unable to have their worldwide matches. That’s one thing that, sure, being considered truthfully – sure possibly that’s a difficulty. However how can we guarantee that everybody – Pakistan or Sri Lanka or Bangladesh or Zimbabwe – can profit financially? I don’t know the reply to that. However I consider sooner or later these questions will likely be requested and possibly a number of factors of view will assist us discover that reply,” Raman asserted.

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