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Mini IPL on the Cards as BCCI Looks to Utilise Champions League T20 Window: Report

The BCCI is looking at options to reutilise the T20 Champions League window -- a tournament that was discontinued in 2014. For that a mini-IPL could be introduced so that the teams can be made to participate more than the allotted time of two months.

Cricketnext Staff |December 17, 2019, 12:32 PM IST
Mini IPL on the Cards as BCCI Looks to Utilise Champions League T20 Window: Report

The BCCI is looking at options to reutilise the T20 Champions League window -- a tournament that was discontinued in 2014. For that a mini-IPL could be introduced so that the teams can be made to participate more than the allotted time of two months.

According to a report in the Indian Express, the talks of getting back the two-month window for the home season were discussed at the BCCI-IPL governing council meeting on November 5.

As per the minutes, Hemang Amin, IPL’s COO, told the GC, “The Champions League (CLT20) used to be played during the Sep/Oct window of around 15-20 days, however, CLT20 was discontinued five years ago, the last event being the CLT20-2014.

“The Asia Cup, which is another event hosted every alternate year, was generally played during June, however after CLT20 was discontinued the Asia Cup is now played during the CLT20 window of Sep/Oct and ICC has also scheduled the T20 World Cup in 2020 (Australia) and 2021 (India) around the same time.

“Since the Sep/Oct was CLT20 window, BCCI should look at utilizing this as a 2nd IPL window so the existing teams can have a longer participation instead of the two months and this will also entail that BCCI creates a new revenue stream which will be beneficial for the teams, BCCI and extension of brand IPL.”

Also, discussions were held over whether IPL friendlies should be conducted against ICC associate members during the months of July and August.

Amin further added, “Till date no such friendlies have been played, however, a number of teams have requested that IPL teams be allowed to play IPL friendlies against each other at an overseas location instead of playing against an ICC associate member as this will help explore the brand IPL outside of India and it will draw interest amongst the Indian diaspora and give them an opportunity to see IPL teams in action outside of India.”

Though BCCI secretary Jay Shah was of the view that the issue should be discussed with a larger group at an appropriate forum.

BCCI’s secretary Jay Shah was of the view that this issue needs a discussion with a larger group and advised that it will be taken up at an appropriate forum.

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