BCCI president Anurag Thakur has been adamant on a ‘mini-IPL’ tournament taking place in September from this year onwards. The purpose of this is reportedly to reach out to Indian fans abroad and in the process, expanding the game as well as their financial stronghold.
However, the cricket boards of Australia (Cricket Australia), West Indies (West Indies Cricket Board), England (England and Wales Cricket Board) and South Africa (Cricket South Africa) are vehemently not in favour of the BCCI’s proposal. Adding to that, the ICC, led by the now former BCCI president Shashank Manohar as its chairman, wants the World T20 to take place once every two years despite a cramped international schedule and September seems to be a viable month for it.
Speaking about the opposition to BCCI’s proposal, cricbuzz quoted a source as saying, ”If true, it’s a telling sign of the reduced clout the current set of administrators (in the board) wield, unlike their predecessors.It’s also a personal embarrassment for the men running the BCCI right now.”
Earlier, it was reported that BCCI may postpone the mini-IPL by a year. The BCCI have not made an announcement yet but all the concerned people have apparently been told about it. The mini IPL might now be held a year later preferably in the USA. The mini IPL was scheduled to be held in September 2016 as players from most of the Test playing nations will be available during that time.