The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur has said the plan of holding a mini IPL in the USA is currently put on hold. BCCI has been trying to exploit the American market and recently it held a T20I international series which was a massive hit.
Thakur said that the main problem in holding the tournament in the USA is the time zone difference between India and the USA.
“I think we must understand the time difference. IPL is seen in India from 7 o’clock to 11 or 11.30 at night. So you have to play somewhere in the east coast here (USA) so (that) the timing matches. If we have to play in the day here, the matches should be seen in India at night because broadcasting is a big thing. So you can’t make your home fan lose (by) playing outside India. So which are the provinces you can play in United States? That’s a big task,” Thakur was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNcricinfo’.
He added, “IPL, we are not even thinking of hosting it outside India. It has to be hosted in India, but there are many other options what you can do which we’ll let you know over a period of time when we come out with a long-term plan for this market.”
The cricket board had announced the idea of conducting a ‘mini IPL’ or ‘IPL overseas’ in June when Thakur had said the board would host the tournament in September. Nothing was finalised though. The USA and UAE were options being discussed at the IPL governing council and working committee meetings earlier this year.
“We have to look into various details: which country we can play in, how many teams, how many players should participate, who will be the broadcaster – all these issues need to deliberated, but we are keen to play in that [September] window,” Thakur had said in June.