The Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) decided to play a shorter Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament at an overseas venue in September.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur said at the conclusion of the Board’s Working Committee meeting on Friday in Dharamsala, “In the month of September, the BCCI is willing to host a mini IPL or IPL overseas. [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.”
Anurag Thakur said the final dates of the Mini-IPL tournament will be announced in due course.
According to BCCI sources, they didn’t want to delay the announcement because the window was very short and they did not want any other tournament to be slotted in.
Anurag Thakur said, “We have to speak to the franchises, broadcasters and look at the revenue model. Many countries are willing to host. We have to look at the various time zone (and decide) where we can take it. It will be an annual affair.”
All eight franchises of the IPL will participate in the T20 tournament. Previous media reports earlier claimed that the venue could either be UAE or USA. Earlier, it was being said that the Indian Cricket Board is planning to expand IPL’s horizon by promoting the league in USA.