Former India allrounder Ravi Shastri has commented on the chances of having two Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons in one year. The talk regarding two IPLs in a year has been going on for quite some time now.
In recent years, most of the franchises have expressed their desire of having more than one season in a year. Some franchises even stated that if not a full-fledged season, a mini IPL could be held every year.
With the addition of two more teams to the league, the talk of an extended IPL as well as having another season has further gained steam. The BCCI have made it clear that they are all set to expand the IPL window and it won’t be very surprising if they conduct two seasons in a year.
Ravi Shastri on two IPL seasons in one year:
While only time will tell whether the BCCI gives the idea of having two IPLs in a year the green light or not, Ravi Shastri has said that he won’t be surprised to see two seasons in a year.
The former India head coach has said that the IPL is likely to be expanded if the bilateral series are reduced in the coming months. Shastri predicted that the second IPL season could be played in a World Cup format with a knockout to decide the champions.
“I think you might have two (IPL) seasons. I wouldn’t be surprised at all. If bilateral cricket is reduced, you might well have a shorter format of the IPL in the latter half of the year, more like a World Cup format with a knockout that decides the winner,” Ravi Shastri told the Telegraph UK.
Shastri also said that the number of IPL teams could rise further to 12 from 10. IPL began in 2008 with eight teams before being expanded to 10 sides in the 2011 season. Later, it was reduced to a 8-team competition before two more teams were added earlier this year.
“The full competition with 10 teams could go to 12 teams in the future with the schedule stretching from one-and-a-half to two months.”
“All that is possible because it is driven by money and supply and demand. The demand is big for that type of format. The IPL will be tempted to go in that direction. It’s great for the sport, great for the players, broadcasters and people who work around the teams. It’s (the IPL) an industry on its own now,” said Ravi Shastri.