Two & Half Month IPL window in ICC FTPs and PCB’s take on it

Over the years, the Indian Premier League is successfully managing to spread its wings across the cricketing globe based on the sheer involvement of pretty penny. In fact, the flamboyance associated with IPL isn’t confined to cricket alone, as the league has propelled to make a significant mark in the whole arena of global sports.

At the same time, it is extremely crucial to keep the real essence of ‘Gentleman’s game’ intact. ‘Can the already deteriorated international cricket afford a potential shutdown period to accommodate a franchise tournament?’, An important question that the cricket fraternity needs to address.

The Proposed Plan for extended IPL Window

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is striving to have a separate two and half months window for IPL as the number of teams within the tournament has crept up to 10. The BCCI secretary Jay Shah disclosed that:

“We are in discussions with the ICC 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 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,”

The suggested scheme has the backing of a huge chunk of revenues that the tournament generates, a fair share for each of the entities involved. Although the competition has enjoyed the presence of global superstars, regardless of the cricket going on side by side. But this step will further ensure that objections to the preferences and loyalties of these cricketers are put to rest.

Pakistan Cricket Board’s Point of View

The Pcb on the other hand seems unimpressed by the idea of having an exclusive window for IPL within the Future Tour Plan. Addressing the issue, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board said:

“I have views on it which we will raise at the ICC platform in the July meeting.

He further revealed that the PCB is feeling ‘short changed’ and their point of view will be expressed in a robust manner when the proposed plan is put across formally.

It has to be taken into account that Pakistan cricket will be affected the most if the idea gets the nod of approval from the ICC. As it means no cricket at the highest level whatsoever for Pakistani players within the period.

A major associated concern with the proposal is that hundreds of franchise-based leagues are going around. A special treatment for a specific league may result in the generation of a grave pattern, where others might start demanding allocated windows for their respective league competitions as well. Alarm bells for international cricket indeed which is already eroded by political interferences and depleting quality.

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