Talking to PTI, Dhumal talked about his long run plans for the IPL, why there cannot be greater than 10 groups and why the BCCI will follow its longtime stance on not permitting the Indian gamers to participate in abroad leagues.
IPL has develop into the second most valued sporting league globally by way of per match worth after the media rights for the 2023-2027 cycle fetched a staggering Rs 48,390 crore.
Although it has a a lot shorter window in comparison with soccer leagues like EPL or the NFL in the USA, the IPL is more likely to have a two and half month unique window comprising a most of 94 video games with 10 groups.
Dhumal mentioned fixed innovation is the necessity of the hour and there’s no cause why IPL cannot develop into the largest sporting league worldwide.
“The IPL shall be a lot greater than what it’s and would be the primary sports activities league on this planet,” Dhumal instructed PTI when requested about how the BCCI plans to lift the bar for the crown jewel of Indian cricket.
Followers have contributed most to what the IPL has develop into and Dhumal mentioned plans are in place to considerably enhance their viewing expertise.
“We’re undoubtedly varied improvements that may be delivered to make it extra fan pleasant. For many who are watching it on Television and people who are experiencing on the stadium, we would like them to have a greater expertise.
“If we are able to make the IPL schedule nicely upfront, folks from all world wide can plan their journey accordingly. It needs to be a worth for cash expertise for the followers,” he mentioned.
‘TEAMS WILL STAY AT 10 ONLY’
The BCCI mopped up over Rs 12000 crore by including two new groups to the competitors however it’s extremely unlikely that the quantity will transcend 10, mentioned the IPL boss.
A complete variety of 74 video games have been held this season and within the new cycle, the variety of matches might go as much as 94 with present groups.
“Groups will keep at 10 solely. Should you enhance that, it turns into troublesome to have the event in a single go. We’re 74 video games to start with for the primary two seasons, then 84 and if issues allow could also be 94 within the fifth yr of the media rights cycle, that it self would make it an extended sufficient occasion,” mentioned Dhumal.
“We won’t evaluate ourselves to soccer and different sporting leagues world wide because the requirement in cricket is completely totally different. You’ll be able to’t play on the identical pitches for six months.”
‘KEEPING PLAYERS WELL-BEING IN MIND, BCCI WILL KEEP THEM AWAY FROM OTHER LEAGUES’
The mushrooming T20 leagues world wide has put strain on the BCCI to launch its wanted gamers for abroad tournaments. The IPL house owners have purchased all six groups within the all new South Africa league and understandably need some Indian presence within the competitors.
Referring to each contract and non-contracted India gamers, Dhumal mentioned the BCCI has no plans to alter its present coverage of preserving its gamers amid a busy calendar.
“This in precept is the choice of BCCI that our contracted gamers cannot go and play for different leagues. As it’s there may be a lot of cricket taking place. Conserving in thoughts their general well-being that call has been taken. As of now we follow that call.
“Even the non contracted ones are aspiring to play for India,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, the BCCI could be very a lot open to IPL groups’ longstanding request to take the event abroad by staging a number of exhibition video games.
“With the Indian diaspora all throughout the globe, we’d need to enhance the attain of this event additional nevertheless it needs to be rightly timed. That is essential. We’ll consider and when the time is correct we’ll take it abroad.
“The worldwide FTP is so tight that participant availability must be checked out earlier than taking a name on that,” he mentioned earlier than wishing the 2 new leagues in South Africa and UAE the “easiest”.
‘WOMEN’S IPL WILL BE A WORLD CLASS PROPERTY’
The inaugural WIPL shall be held in March subsequent yr with 5 groups however sale of groups has not been performed but. There’s loads of curiosity to purchase groups and there may be risk that they function out of smaller centres in India.
“The way in which we’re planning for this Ladies’s IPL is that we are going to have new set of followers becoming a member of the sport. There are lot of feminine followers who’ve added to the IPL fan base and this event will solely add to that and lots of extra would need to take up the game as a occupation. That was the thought behind asserting equal pay (for girls India cricketers).
“Followers ought to make it to the stadium in massive numbers whether or not we now have the WIPL in rural areas or predominant metropolis centres. We’ll consider that and take a name quickly,” he mentioned.
On income projection for the event, Dhumal added: “We’re creating a brand new property and it needs to be world class. We’re not actually bothered concerning the numbers.
“We’re engaged on making it the most effective ladies’s cricket event on this planet. What we did within the IPL, we need to do one thing related with WIPL.”