BCCI Plans To Hold A Mini-IPL

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New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India is now pondering over holding a mini-Indian Premier League abroad in September this year.
According to the latest report from The Times of India, while BCCI is planning  to start a mini-IPL, the International Cricket Council (ICC)  is also eyeing the same slot considering the Champions League was scrapped.

“It can be a great testing ground for what is possible in terms of reaching out to the Indian fan base abroad.It can be made financially viable if a market like the US is explored. Frankly, if the broadcaster finds it appealing then a lot of things fall into place,” a source close to developments told the national daily.

Therefore, it remains to be seen whether BCCI can succeed with their plan as ICC seriously considering a new tournament during that time. BCCI has been monitoring the September slot since 2014, when the loss-making T20 Champions League was scrapped- which BCCI owned along with its Australian and South African counterparts. Last year also BCCI was very much interested in holding a mini-IPL, involving all the existing franchises in IPL, but had to postpone the idea after the board marred with the crisis because of internal tussles and legal battles.

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Now, with BCCI preparing to toe the Supreme Court’s line, the idea of coming with a mini-IPL is yet again gaining some serious momentum.
The IPL broadcast rights are right now with Sony-ESPN and BCCI as per contracts have to offer them the first right of refusal when the contract will be up for renewal in 2017-18. But the rights to broadcast matches of the Indian cricket team are held by Star India. The Lodha Panel has recently made a recommendation that there would be no advertisements telecast between overs. If this is implemented, the BCCI are on the verge of suffering a huge financial hit.

A mini-IPL abroad could help generate some much-needed revenue and the broadcast rights could be handed to Star to assuage it for the losses forced by restrictions on ads.

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