Adam Gilchrist, a former Australian cricketer, has spoken out about the possibility of a second Indian Premier League (IPL) window in the near future. He thinks that the IPL is getting bigger and more international, which could hurt the domestic leagues in other countries. Since its start in 2008, the IPL has been one of the most powerful and well-known T20 tournaments in cricket.
The money it brings in is unmatched, and it went up even more last month when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sold the media rights for IPL 2023–2027. The IPL is now the second-most valuable sports event in the world, and the BCCI is making plans to grow the league even more. Several reports say that the IPL will be held in two different windows, and the BCCI has already confirmed that the tournament now has a two-and-a-half month window in the ICC’s next FTP cycle.
The owners of some IPL teams recently won the bidding to buy all six teams in South Africa’s upcoming T20 league. Some IPL teams already have teams in the Caribbean Premier League and the soon-to-start UAE T20 League. Gilchrist, who played in the IPL for six years, has taken notice of this aggressive growth.
“I’m not trying to be rude when I say this, but isn’t that a fair question? If there is a second IPL window, which I think is the plan, that will start to cut into international cricket more and more. This will hurt the tournaments in those countries even more, but India won’t help them grow their markets. It doesn’t seem like a two-way street,” Adam Gilchrist told Cricbuzz.
Gilchrist also asked why so few Indian players played in other leagues. The BCCI makes it clear that active players are not allowed to play in other domestic leagues. The real reason for this is sponsorship and how it affects BCCI’s ability to make money. Gilchrist, on the other hand, thinks that other countries and their leagues should also be able to do well.
“I think the IPL is a great addition to cricket. I played in six of them and loved every one of them. I don’t want it to be said that I’m against the IPL. But why aren’t there any Indian players in the Big Bash League? Why can’t every player in the world play in every league? I really want to stress that I loved the six years I played in the IPL. It was a wonderful time. It’s the most important T20 tournament in the world, but it’s important to let other boards and countries do well, too,” said Adam Gilchrist.