From the next ICC FTP calendar, the IPL will have an official two-and-a-half month timeframe
According to Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Indian Premier League (IPL) would have a two-and-a-half-month window in the International Cricket Council (ICC next )’s FTP cycle. The decision was made just a few hours after the media rights to the showpiece cricket tournament were sold for a ridiculously high amount.
Disney+Star renewed its relationship with the IPL after winning the offer for Package A, which was the TV rights in the Indian subcontinent, for a staggering INR 23,575 crore during the fierce bidding war for the media rights. Meanwhile, the Reliance Industries-owned media company Viacom18 has paid INR 20,500 crore for digital rights in the Indian subcontinent.
Jay Shah was asked about BCCI’s plans to manage the window during an exclusive interview, with the number of IPL matches reportedly expanding to 94 in the future. In response, the BCCI secretary stated that a discussion had previously taken place with other boards, including the governing body of international cricket, the ICC.
The title-holders Gujarat Titans and the Lucknow Super Giants both participated in IPL 2022, which finished on May 29 this year. As a result, the number of matches was expanded from 60 to 74 (70 league + four knockouts), extending the tournament’s duration to well over two months.
Typically, the BCCI organizes the IPL during the Indian summer (March-May), with the 2020 and 2021 editions being unique circumstances because of COVID-19 cases in India. The whole 2020 tournament, as well as the second leg of the 2021 tournament, were held in the UAE over the months of September-October-November.