Indian Premier League to be extended to two-and-a-half months in ICC’s next FTP cycle, confirms Jay Shah

Indian Premier League will have an increased window in the next year confirms Jay Shah. Will BCCI increase the number of matches too?

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • IPL will have an increased window from next season
  • IPL could be held in two phases in the future
  • If extended, IPL might increase the number of games

The Indian Premier League attracted astronomical prices for its 2023-2027 cycle in the three-day auction process. The rights, which were initially held by the Star sports network for the broadcast and digital platforms for Rs 16,347.50, increased threefold in an intense bidding war via an E-auction.

All major players were involved in the process, but Mukesh Ambani-backed Viacom, came on top with the digital rights, while Star retained the right for TV viewership. The astronomical prices were a fair reflection to what the Board of Control for Cricket in India had assessed, which led them to keep the base price of the five-year worth of rights at double the price.

There have been speculations that IPL will be made bigger into a 94-game tournament, and the BCCI confirmed that in its auction documents, keeping a provision about the same. This essentially makes the ICC Future Tours Programme a little trickier, which already has a busy international schedule.

Speaking to PTI BCCI’s Jay Shah said that they are already in conversation with the ICC about a bigger IPL window in the future.

“Let me inform you that from the next ICC FTP calendar, IPL will have an official two-and-a-half-month window so that all the top international cricketers can participate. We have had discussions with various boards as well as the ICC,” Shah revealed to PTI.

Shah also informed that they will put more concentration in the women’s Indian Premier League from the next season, which is scheduled to start the next season. The women’s IPL has been sort of a public demand for several years now. However, IPL has not taken it seriously till now.

The Indian Premier League is now a 10-team event with Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants coming in as the new team. Gujarat became the champions in the maiden season becoming the only the second team to do so after Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of the tournament.

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