New Delhi: The BCCI is all set to introduce a new Twenty20 event, to be branded as ‘mini IPL’ or ‘IPL overseas’, outside India in September in the time window after Champions League T20 was scrapped from the calendar.
"In the month of September, the BCCI is willing to host a mini IPL or IPL overseas with all the eight teams participating," said the Indian Cricket Board president at the conclusion of the Board's Working Committee meeting in Dharamsala, adding that the dates and formats would be announced soon.
"It will be a shorter format, not home and away matches but a lesser number of matches. In a two-week window we should be able to complete it," he said.
Several media reports doing the round suggests the venue of the shortened version of IPL to be United States. However, the UAE, which has already hosted part of the IPL in 2014, can also be considered.
How is the ‘mini IPL’ different from ‘Champions League T20’?
1. The venue of the newly announced T20 cricketing event would be overseas.
2. All the eight IPL teams would participate in the ‘mini IPL’, irrespective of the ‘best four’ in the Champions League T20.
This move from the Indian cricket body should see their baby, Indian Premier League, gain widespread popularity and the participating teams to broaden their fan base worldwide.
The proposed ‘mini IPL’ commences this September.