Sunday, July 26, 2009

Is making room for the IPL so difficult?

Could some wise soul, savvier than me in the ways of world finance and cricket scheduling and the like, please explain to the barriers that stand in the way of the IPL finding a slot for itself within the ICC's FTP? It is organized by one of the ICC's member boards, it utilizes those players that play in ICC-sanctioned international cricket, and it has the ICC's blessings. What stands in the way of such an arrangement, and why, increasingly, do players and players' bodies sound desperately pessimistic that such a scheduling no-brainer can be carried out?

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9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What stands in the way of finding a window? Well, fact that the IPL does not want a window in the first place, perhaps? Why would Modi want to go ask ICC for a window when his ambition is to expand IPL to the level of EPL - i.e. played for around 9 months a year.

6:04 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Mohan: Sorry for this late reply. I don't know how I missed it. A 9 month slot for the IPL would be excessive, wouldn't it? Even for IPL fans?

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Samir: I don't think so. The schedule now is a bit cramped up with matches played everyday - and that's because they have to finish the tournament in 6 weeks. Spread it a bit, with say, six matches per week (one each Friday, Monday night, 2 each Sat and Sun) instead of nine per week. Then, if the number of teams goes up to 12, as it should, number of matches double. We are already looking at a 5 month schedule. Then, add another month for the Champions League, some rest in between, it doesn't look all that excessive at all.

9:07 PM  

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