IPL is considered to be one of the most popular T20 tournaments in the world. Cricketers around the globe desire to be a part of this competition for recognition and a high salary. The year 2022 saw the addition of two brand new teams, Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants. A total of 70 games were played apart from the playoffs.
Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah stated that in the coming future they have no plans of adding new franchises nor would they compromise on the quality of the game.
In an interview with Khaleej Times, he stated that “We are in discussions with the ICC (International Cricket Council) and several other cricket boards to have an exclusive window for the IPL. Let me assure you that there will be a two-and-a-half-month window in the next ICC FTP (Future Tours Programme) calendar so that all top international players can participate. Since this tournament benefits all, we have received a positive response from the ICC and other member boards.”
Conventionally, International Cricket is suspended during the time period of two months when IPL is being played in the country. BCCI plans to expand IPL to 94 games by 2027. Right now, a total of 74 matches are played in IPL in a span of two months. The 2024-2031 FTP calendar is all set to be discussed by ICC in the next meeting.
IPL got richer recently, after the e-auction for media rights. Disney-star bagged the broadcast rights whereas Viacom bagged the digital broadcasting rights.
Disney+star paid won the bid at 23,575 crores whereas Viacom 18 which is owned by Reliance Industries paid INR 20,500 to buy the digital rights in India.