Friday, 24 June 2016

BCCI announces mini IPL for September

BCCI is going ahead with the mini-IPL in the time window they got after Champions League T20 was scrapped from the calendar.


BCCI has decided to host a shortened version of the IPL overseas every September, starting this year, branding it the "mini IPL" or "IPL overseas". BCCI president Anurag Thakur said the final dates and format will be announced in due course.

"In the month of September, the BCCI is willing to host a mini IPL or IPL overseas with all the eight teams participating," Thakur said at the end of the board's working committee meeting in Dharamsala on Friday. "[It will be] a shorter format, not home and away matches but a lesser number of matches; in a two-week window we will be able to complete it."

“Space can be created on the cricket calendar because the T20 Champions League has been scrapped. We are proposing that all eight teams participate in the mini-IPL. The venue has not been finalised but the US is one of the options,” said the official, on condition of anonymity.

At the meeting, the BCCI also decided to pass the proposal to hold Ranji Trophy games at neutral venues in the coming season, and replace the state-based domestic T20 tournament - the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy - with a zonal-based competition. A release issued after the meeting also said the board will have a separate marketing budget in the coming season to "popularise" Test cricket.

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