The Indian Premier League (IPL) has often been termed the biggest T20 league in the world and one of the biggest sporting events in all sports. An e-auction for IPL Digital rights took place earlier this week and the cash-rich league has now become the second richest league across the sports. BCCI secretary, Jay Shah also announced that they are going to have a stretched window of 2 and a half months for IPL which has left PCB worried.
Over the years, IPL has become the biggest and the richest cricketing league with players from almost all the Test-playing nations participating in it with great enthusiasm barring Pakistan. The league has also proved to be a stage where a lot of young talent comes to the fore.
Considering its popularity, BCCI secretary Jay Shah went in to clarify that the board is going to have a 2 and a half months window for the league and this has made PCB worried. The announcement by Jay Shah has made PCB worried because they think that a long window of over two months will become an obstacle for the international series.
PCB is planning to discuss the topic with other international boards as to what they think about the decision taken by BCCI. It is to note that in his statement, Jay Shah has shared that the BCCI has already discussed the topic with other boards and also the ICC.
As per the reports of NDTV, one of their sources in PCB said, “The ICC board meeting will be held during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July and this matter will probably be discussed there. Mr Jay Shah has said that the BCCI is committed to international bilateral cricket but with so many leagues cropping up and the IPL planning expansion this has to be discussed among the cricket boards.”
It is noteworthy that Pakistani cricketers have not been allowed to take part in IPL ever since its second season. The first season saw some Pakistani cricketers but from the next season onwards, there was no Pakistani player in the IPL. As for now, the announcement by Jay Shah has left PCB worried and it is to be seen what will be the outcome of the discussions the board has with other international boards.