Cricket - Featured - Indian Premier League - December 19, 2019

CLT20 window to be used for mini IPL?

The BCCI is eyeing to utilise the Champions League T20 (CLT20) window. CLT20 was scrapped in 2014. However, a mini-IPL could be brought in. This can be done so that teams can participate for a longer time than the allotted 2 months. 

As per a report in The Indian Express, the talks of getting the 2-month window back were discussed. It was discussed at the BCCI-IPL governing council meeting on November 5. 

Hemang Amin, IPL’s COO also 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.”

IPL friendlies on the cards in CLT20 window?

Discussions were also held over IPL friendlies. Whether IPL friendlies should be held against ICC associate nations during July, 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.” 

However, BCCI secretary Jay Shah differed in opinion. As per him, it should be discussed with a larger group. He also advised that it will be taken up at an appropriate forum. 

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