India news November 17, 2013

IPL council mulls reduction in evening matches

ESPNcricinfo staff

The first meeting of the revamped IPL governing council, headed by former India under-19 captain, Ranjib Biswal, took stock of the controversy-marred last edition and kicked off preparations for the franchises' workshop to be held in Singapore on November 28-29.

The governing council, which met at the BCCI headquarters on Sunday evening, discussed last year's accounts and TV ratings and compared it with that of preceding years. The documents will be presented to the eight team owners during the franchises workshop, an annual feature in the build-up of the event since 2009.

Meanwhile, the topic of whether to replace Pune Warriors in the forthcoming edition of IPL didn't come up for discussion since the matter was sealed during the BCCI working committee meeting on October 26. "The working committee had decided to go ahead with eight teams in the IPL, so that was not discussed at all," Biswal told ESPNcricinfo.

The BCCI on October 26 had terminated Pune Warriors' franchise agreement for non-payment of bank guarantee. Though the termination is likely to reduce BCCI's revenue to some extent, BCCI would be satisfied with a smaller event.

IPL 2014 will thus see a format similar to the one in 2010, where the tournament will see a total number of 60 matches spanned over six weeks. It may also result in a reduction of 4pm starts, which has been a concern for both advertisers and players. While the advertisers feel early matches don't attract eyeballs, players find it difficult to deal with the rising temperatures in April-May when the summer is at its peak in India.

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  • rawisen on November 20, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Please don't overhaul the players. It is not easy for teams to brand themselves again. The loss of Dhoni to CSK or Rohit to MI or Sehwag? to DD Virat to RCB would be colossal. Also if they are retained at a fixed price their true value to the teams would not be realized. A middle path would be that players be retained by the respective franchise at a given price, BUT they could be bought by other franchises in the auction only if they pay atleast 10% more than the value which the retaining franchise is willing to pay. Hence if Dhoni is retained at say 1 Million the other franchise has to pay more than 1.1 Million to prise him way from CSK. Also it would be nice if other teams had to pay PLAYERS DEVELOPMENT FEE to an enterprising like RR. For example if a team wants to prise Sanju Samson from them then not only other teams should pay 10%more but also pay extra money say 10% of selling price to RR. This would make it profitable for teams to identify and give chance to new players.

  • Sudhakar on November 19, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    IPL needs an overhaul. My 6cents... 1) There should be no room for cheer leaders and tobacco/alcohol barons associated with IPL in any form - either as an admin or team owners or player!. 2) Number of teams in competition should be limited to 8, with no player allowed more than 12 games in a season. 3) Number of minimum / maximum overseas players per match should be revised to 4 and 5 respectively. Matches must start by 6pm and end by 9pm. 4) No after-match parties. 5) Please do something about grounds like KSCA, Bangalore. Boundaries cannot be this short!! 6) Number of overs per bowler increased to 5..

  • Sriram on November 19, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    So CSK stays unless the supreme court panel convit Guru? If all palyers acutioned, 2014 may not be as attaractive as fans need time to adjust to new players and players themselves to loyalty etc. the only constant factor is that SRT will be mentor No.2 for MI.

  • vas on November 19, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Are you bored with the same players playing for India for years? So why IPL teams need dissolving every three years? They need to retain as many players as possible, even maximum of 12 players. Bench warmers can be bought and sold to avoid talent being wasted.

  • Joe on November 19, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    "The first meeting of the revamped IPL governing council, headed by former India under-19 captain, Ranjib Biswal," - From this perspective It can better to re-evaluate the participation of players which can be promoted / come under some rules: 1. Emerging players need to primarily participate in the IPL games. 2. The senior players like Rahane/Pujara/Vijay can be promoted / stream lined to play in First class/List A matches.

  • sri on November 19, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    I agree with most of the comments. However, I also think that shuffling the teams every 3 years is confusing the fans a bit and the loyalty to a team is in question.

    What would a guy like me, who has been following CSK for six years and a great fan of Dhoni do if Dhoni goes to another team but CSK has the similar mix with other players.

    One thing we need to learn from EPL is - EPL teams dont dissolve all the team players every three years. I wonder if Man united would have had a large fan base if they keep dissolving teams every 3 years.

  • Himanshu on November 19, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    In an ideal environment, the players should have an option of choosing the team they want to play with. I am sure a lot of players who are bought by bigger teams like CSK or MI, might feel that if they were in RR or KXIP etc. they would have been better off. This format does not give them any choice whatsoever. Secondly BCCI should just lay guidelines and not control the franchises in way. let them buy or sell players at whatever price they deem fit. If they want to exit let them find interested buyer and price for it. BCCI should not be involved in anyway other than to ensure adherence some basic regulations. Then will we see real passion built on loyalty and skill. Right now, all the power is with BCCI with Franchisees having little power and players have no say whatsoever.

  • prasad on November 19, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    There will be mostl possiblities for player retention. Surely CSK and MI wont give up! MI is the team which doesnt have limits to spend. They will go for any level for a player who rocked in some matches. MI's achievements in I and II IPL were horrible and no one can forget. Their strategy is nothing but money. Royals and CSK were smart buyers, RCB too but always get hurt by their bowling performers. So Retention done by every teams for atleast one player, but Kings XI and Delhi will be ready to dissolve whole of their squad.

  • Rajan on November 18, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    A ninth team owned by BCCI consisting of promising Indian players who have not bought bythe other eight teams would provide a wonderful opportunity to budding players to compete with world class cricketers and expand the talent pool for India.

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    It surprises me that the Indian Premier League's workshop is to be held in Singapore ????. Why is it not held in India.

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