- Saiman Das
IPL 2023: Ness Wadia, the co-owner of the Punjab Kings, has proposed a change in the Indian Premier League (IPL) model. He proposed splitting the league season into two halfs. He has also urged for more home games in the coveted T20 event.
The IPL media rights were recently auctioned for INR 48,390 crore by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). This was done with four distinct packages during the first-ever e-auction.
Following the successful auction, BCCI secretary Jay Shah discussed several changes. He mentioned having a two-and-a-half-month window set aside for the event. This will be implemented starting with the next ICC FTP calendar.
In the recently finished IPL 2022 season, two new teams were added. The number of matches increased as a result of the changes. All of the bouts, however, were held in a bio-bubble in a neutral location. This was done because of the Covid-19 epidemic. The IPL committee has also instituted a new group stage format. By doing so, it limited the number of matches to 74 from a maximum of 90.
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In the upcoming few years, the IPL will host more matches for fans. In a double round-robin style, each side will face off against each other twice. Much to the delight of the fans, they will be seeking more of their favorite matchups in the competition.
Wadia also believes that the IPL has elevated cricket to a global sport. Furthermore, he thinks that the marquee tournament will continue to grow in the future.
“More home games and a bigger season. The IPL has taken cricket to a global level. The IPL has provided the spark cricket needs and made it a global sport,” The Indian Express reported Ness Wadia as saying.
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However, the co-owner of the Punjab Kings believes that 7 home matches are far too few. He believes that a bare minimum of 14 matches should be played. Wadia envisions a much longer season, which he believes is long needed.
In the final stages of the tournament, the IPL 2022 saw a significant drop in viewership. It was a circumstance that could have been caused by viewer fatigue.
When asked about this, Wadia suggested that the next season be split into two parts. One half should be hosted in India, while the other half should be held in another country, according to him.
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