Mini IPL in UAE is likely on the cards for BCCI

Rajeev Shukla, chairman of IPL, praised the fans in Dubai for the kind of enthusiasm they showed during IPL 2014.

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As per latest news, the Board of Control For Cricket in India is planning to hold a mini-Indian Premier League (IPL) in the future, with United Arab Emirates (UAE) being the likely destination to host the tournament.

Rajeev Shukla, the chairman of IPL, in an exclusive interview with Gulf News, said that the Indian board is considering a mini-IPL away from India.

“One concept that we are deliberating and considering is launching a mini edition of the IPL overseas. We have seen that there is huge attraction for IPL overseas. Earlier, we used to stage our Champions League T20 abroad and that slot is still vacant. We are thinking of a mini edition in that slot,” Shukla said.

Shukla also praised the fans in Dubai for the kind of enthusiasm they showed during IPL 2014 and confirmed that the UAE thus is the likely destination for the tournament.

He also said that the governing council was planning to change the revenue sharing model. The franchises previously levied license fee but now, they have to share the revenue with the BCCI. Also, Shukla made it clear that in IPL 11, not more than 8 teams will take part because they cannot exceed 59 matches per tournament.

Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will make a comeback into the fray after being suspended for two years after their owners were found guilty in 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. On the other hand, Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions will have to make their way out. Mumbai Indians won their third IPL trophy this year, while Pune were the runners-up.

Whether a mini-IPL will enjoy as much success as its longer counterpart will be known when it starts. But for the pool of young talent in India, the new opportunity, which will take at least another two years to materialize, can go a long way.

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