IPL 2023: IPL Chairman Arun Singh Dhumal has finally addressed the idea of conducting two IPLs within a year. Although he dismissed the notion of having two complete tournaments, he acknowledged the likelihood of introducing a shorter edition. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is presently scheduled between April and May annually, and the International Cricket Council (ICC) has included this period of two and a half months in its Future Tours Program (FTP).
IPL chairman speaks on two tournaments per year
According to Dhumal, since the ICC has authorized a fixed duration for a single IPL each year, organizing an additional complete tournament is unlikely. He stated, ”Given the format of the IPL that we have, it is not possible to have another edition in the same year. We have seen the bilateral calendar for the upcoming four years and the ICC events. So that may not be possible.”
Arun Singh Dhumal mentioned that he and his board will explore the chance of organizing a brief tournament if there are any available slots. He stated, “But if there is any window of opportunity available for some other format or short tournament, we are definitely looking at that.”
The IPL was split into two legs in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but presently, it appears implausible to conduct another complete tournament alongside it. There has been a lot of criticism regarding the IPL’s impact on players’ health, with many fans and analysts attributing player injuries to the tournament. However, Arun Singh Dhumal has recently denied these accusations, stating that they are baseless.
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He stated, “The problem in our country is that whosoever makes money, be it a company or individual, he is seen with suspicion. Virat Kohli has been playing IPL for so many years, he’s never been injured. Ravindra Jadeja, and Mohammed Shami never got injured. Does it have anything to do with the IPL?” IPL is presently almost two months long with ten teams participating.