The prospect of a 10 team IPL was always a very exciting one. Among the first few objective of the IPL Governing Council, raising the number of teams to 10 was a prominent one. Currently, the 8 team format of the IPL has been exceptionally well and has been a rage among the masses. The phrase “IPL season” has substituted the term “summer season” in India. Such has been the enigmatic following of the biggest domestic T20 league in the world!
In recent developments, the BCCI announced that the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals were to be suspended for two years on grounds of corrupt practices by the owners. However, to compensate that, the BCCI is likely to add two new franchises to the IPL. Post a couple of years, once the Super Kings and the Royals return, the IPL might well turn out to become a 10 team affair. The 2011 edition of the IPL was a ten team journey as the Kochi Tuskers Kerala and the Pune Warriors India were the added teams. Both the teams now though are defunct and no longer exist.
In this article, we have a look at the possible consequences of having 10 teams within the IPL and the likely new things which the fans might witness.
1. Number of matches will be more than in the previous editions:
The increased number of games is just a no brainer when two new teams are added in the IPL. The increased number of games will clearly result in fans getting to witness a lot more thrilling action in the IPL. However, the scheduling of the matches will have to be done efficiently. In the 2011 edition, the scheduling and the way in which one team faced another was very complicated as it was entirely based on random draws. To cope up with the extra games, the scheduling will be a crucial factor.
2. Increased revenue for the league:
The addition of two new teams will also have a positive financial bearing on the IPL. With two new teams added, the likely endorsers and sponsors will always be in the fray. The IPL is such a massive institute in itself that several globally illustrious brands want to be associated with the league. One way of doing so would be to be associated with the new IPL teams. The possibility of increased brand endorsements within the IPL will definitely lead to increased revenues for the IPL.
3. More players from across the globe:
The IPL is bound to be a richer league with more players from different sections of the globe joining in. Currently, there are a few really good cricketers who are not a part of the IPL. With two more teams being added in the competition, the demand for players will rise as well. To add to that angle, the possibility of Pakistani players getting a chance remains as well. That obviously will depend greatly upon the political relationship between India and Pakistan. New players who might participate in the 10 team IPL might have an opportunity to become household names within India. The case of Shaun Marsh is a perfect instance. He was an unknown batsman before, but after the first IPL, he took everyone by storm with his great performances.
4. Increased audience for the IPL:
IPL is a phenomenon which is increasing colossally with every passing edition. Increased marketing activities such as the presence of fan parks increases the overall reach of the IPL even in remote areas of the nation. When there are two new teams in the IPL, the total number of people viewing the IPL will increase as well. The primary reason for that will be that two more states would be added to the IPL franchises. For instance, a state like Gujarat does not have an IPL franchise. With a Gujarat-based team in the IPL, the residents of Gujarat will be more interested in the IPL, and this will increase the audience base.
5. Clashes with the international cricket calendar:
This could well turn out to be a dampener for the ten team concept for the IPL. The international cricket calendar has been altered to a great extent by the ICC in order to successfully accommodate the IPL. However, with more teams, there will be more games in the IPL. These extra games will be spread across a few more days, thus increasing the span of an IPL season. This could possibly clash with international schedules of teams such as England and West Indies, who play their home games in late May.