Mini IPL planned by the BCCI for promoting IPL in the international market is Canceled as of Now. USA and UAE were the options in mind as a Venue to host the Mini IPL matches. The Campaign of Promoting the IPL Overseas was proposed by the BCCI President Anurag Thakur since June 2016. However, due to some crucial Factors the Mini IPL tournament, 2016 is Abandoned.
Why is Mini IPL 2016 Cancelled?
In a Recent Press Conference, BCCI president Anurag Thakur mentioned “I think we must understand the time difference,” Our Fanbase is the people of India and Hosting the match accordingly is a task. People of India usually watch the IPL matches at 7pm evening IST. Which means the match in the USA should be played 10 am of the US Time Zone. However, this won’t attract a large number of local audiences from the USA.
Sony Six has all the official IPL Broadcasting rights. They have a busy schedule running the World Cup qualifier, NBA, and MMA sporting action. Starsports is broadcasting all the Domestic Cricket action. This unavailability of slot for the Powerhouse broadcasters is one of the Major reason of Cancellation of the Mini IPL. An agreement isn’t negotiated with IPL team franchisees Yet as well as broadcasters. No official announcement is made by the team owners.
The star Overseas Players resembles the IPL. Although all the overseas players are busy in the month of September.As they have Official international fixtures lined up. Busy England side hosts Pakistan at home. whereas the Proteas host the kiwis beginning with the test match series. Aussies are playing Srilanka in the Asian Sub-continent.Team India tours West indies and has only 2 weeks time before they host New Zealand. BCCI was eyeing this two week slot but all other countries are facing international matches.
The concept of mini IPL is practically impossible. After all, the time zone is the major hurdle in between. Follow up with IPL Franchises and meeting with Broadcasters are the missing link. As well as OverSeas Entertainers like Devillers and Warner aren’t able to feature which is why mini IPL Abandoned. BCCI may postpone the mini IPL plan next September 2017.
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