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BCCI sees scope for another IPL-like league

MUMBAI: With the two new IPL teams finding takers, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is toying with the idea of another short-format (Twenty20) league.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur told reporters that BCCI is considering another IPL-like league, considering the number of people who wanted to own a team franchise.

After the termination of the Champions League T20, there is a window available for a new league. The BCCI can even look at a new window, Thakur added.

“I think there is always the scope of another league in cricket but not the expansion from 8 teams to 10 teams for IPL. Because this 45-day window has a limited time to hold those number of matches,” he told the Mint.

“The interest shown by people to own teams for the last two years can make BCCI think about a new league, to give another platform to young cricketers to perform with world class players. I will discuss this with the board next year. The new league will be modelled on the T20 format,” Thakur added.

Incidentally, Pune and Rajkot teams were picked up earlier this week by Sanjiv Goenka’s New Rising and handset maker Intex respectively. They would run for the next two years. Interest was also shown by RPG Enterprises, Videocon, DoIT Sports, Cycle Pure Agarbathies, Haldiram and Chennai-based cement firm Chettinad group.

Thakur clarified that an eight-team format is the best. “If we have 10 teams, we will not be able to fit them in the IPL window and that would also mean more 4 pm games that do not bring in the kind of TRP the evening games do and the quality of the game too suffers,” he told the Economic Times.