With the introduction of two new teams set to be added in the next edition of the tournament, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to see changes in its format. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be adding two teams in the IPL 2022.
Consequently, the IPL window will be extended and the tournament will run for 60 days instead of 54 days. Meaning, IPL will follow a format similar to the 2011 season, when they had introduced two new teams. The teams will be divided into two groups of five teams each. However, the board said it is not ready for a 94-match tournament and will host 74 matches instead. It will see each team playing a match with the other four teams on their home turf and away. The same will, follow while playing against the four teams of the other group.
“We are not ready for 94 matches yet. Our broadcasters are not ready. There are issues around overseas player availability and finding a suitable window. We will consider a bigger window in future years,” a BCCI official told Hindustan Times.
Another reason for not opting for a longer window, as stated by the official broadcaster Star Sports, is the “fans dropping off as the tournament becomes longer and predictable”.
IPL: Changes likely to be incorporated in the subsequent editions
- Two new teams will be added. So, there will be a total of 10 teams that would be divided into two groups of five teams each.
- Team will be ranked based on points at the end of the league phase.
- All the teams of each group would square off with each other twice.
- Franchises will be allowed to retain only four players in the mega auction.
- The tournament will host 74 matches, including the playoffs.
- Consequently, the 54-day window will be extended to a 60-day window.
With the increase in the number of teams, BCCI will also add INR 800 crores for the additional matches. Furthermore, the two new franchises will bring in INR 2,000 crore each. Franchises will also be allowed to increase the salary cap to Rs 100 crore, meaning the players will earn more from their contracts in comparison to the present ones.
Moreover, the franchises will be allowed to retain only four players each. This will include three Indian players and one overseas or two Indian players and two overseas. This will mean the franchises will lose some of their key players.
“What this would mean is the cream of Indian cricket will be retained by the existing teams. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are not going away anywhere. Perhaps teams like KKR and RR who rely heavily on their overseas match winners may have to release key players,” a franchise executive told Hindustan Times.
Note: These are just the proposed changes. The IPL Governing Council is yet to finalize them.