Yes! you heard it right the cricket bonanza that has enthralled us all over the years is set to have its mini avatar “Mini IPL”. Shukla Ji (as Rajeev Shukla is fondly called in the cricketing circles) confirmed that there are upper brass talks going on in the BCCI to hold the Mini IPL. If the reports are anything you go by, then we could get to see the IPL juggernaut two times in the near future.
Shukla Ji in his statement to the press said that we are really interested in organising a mini IPL and are mulling over the idea. He said that the time slot in which the now defunct Champions League T20 was being played is now vacant and there are no immediate plans to fill up the time slot with anything different. He continued that a IPL like thing would be the best bet to fill up that vacant time slot.
Rajeev Shukla also gave clear indications that if anything of this sort actually happens then the likely venue would be UAE. He impressed upon the fact that UAE had been of great support to them in 2014 and the first part of the 2014 edition was successfully organised in the UAE.
The BCCI is really upbeat considering the popularity of the league and is also really positive about the money-spinning league. With VIVO recently buying the IPL rights for thousand crores, it seems BCCI is adamant in eking out more money from the brand IPL and also trying to encash its present popularity. Also given that the September period is mainly free for most of the cricketing nations, it provides a perfect time for making some raw money.
Apart from this Shukla Ji also stated that there is going to be a change in the currently existing revenue sharing model and the governing council is going to take some decisions on it. Also, it was confirmed that only 8 teams would be there in the IPL and not 10 since 10 teams would mean more matches and less monetary benefit.
All said and done it will take a couple of years for the mini IPL to roll out and as far as I am concerned mini IPL could well be a tragic step. Too much of bang bang cricket would then bring monotony in common household and IPL might well lose it’s spark.