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IPL franchises are likely to play football style friendlies outside India

IPL Governing Council allows franchises to explore idea of overseas friendlies

IPL franchises friendlies

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most-watched sports leagues in the world. All the eight teams involved have developed their own fanbases throughout the world. The IPL Governing Council is set to discuss the possibility of playing football style friendlies away from home.

It is being reported that Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals have expressed their interests to the BCCI regarding playing friendlies. Tuesday the IPL Governing Council is scheduled to meet and this point is also a part of the meeting’s agenda. If it is approved, the IPL teams are most likely to play the friendly matches outside India as well.

Mumbai Indians pitched the idea of playing friendlies outside India to “promote the brand IPL”

Mumbai Indians celebrate after winning their fourth IPL title

The upcoming edition of the IPL will see a major overhaul. The four-time champions, Mumbai Indians are looking to expand their fan base in the foreign shores too, The Nita Ambani owned franchise has reportedly tossed out the idea of playing friendlies outside India.

The IPL Governing Council has initiated some major changes into the set-up. The upcoming edition of the cash-rich league will see extra monitoring only the no-balls, this was initiated keeping in mind the no-ball fiasco in a league stage game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. The IPL Governing Council has also proposed the idea of a Power Player – teams can substitute a player from the elected roster of 15 at any stage of the game mainly during a fall of the wicket or at the end of an over.

It will be interesting to see if all the franchises agree to the policies initiated by the IPL Governing Council. The Brijesh Patil-led IPL committee will hold a meeting regarding all the new policies and later zero-in on all the agenda which will be initiated from the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league. The new policies might prove to be a crowd-puller, where fans will experience a whole new avatar of the shortest format.


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