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IPL council mulls reduction in evening matches

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November 17, 2013

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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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Posted by RG88 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.

Posted by Leggie 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..

Posted by CricketMaan 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.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 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.

Posted by MagazineReader 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.

Posted by teja099 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.

Posted by himanshu.team 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.

Posted by deadite11 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.

Posted by rajanfromottawa 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Mandesh on (November 18, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

There is a comment by sirini.sirini, about retaining players. I would suggest the teams should be like the EPL only players who want to change their teams be sold/brought. This will help to keep their loyalty to a particular team, rather than changing every 3 years. The team support staff spends so much time on getting the team spirit and strategy, when the players change they know what plans of the previous teams.

Posted by srini.srini on (November 18, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

I would say, allow each team to retain only their captains or any one player. Rest all go back to the auction pool for this mega auction with equal purse. In the auction; the team that the player played for last will have the option to match the winning bid.

For example, say Raina goes to auction and the final bid is for 1 million from mumbai indians. Then CSK will have the option to either match the 1m and sign him or he goes to MI for this amount if CSK does not want to match the offer. The decision has to be done quickly on the auction table itself (preferably within 2 -3 minutes of recording the final bid)

This way all players go back to the pot; and if any team in interested in retaining their player they can do so by paying the market rate.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (November 18, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

8 equally competitive teams are good for the tournament. For that owners should be prepared to use their full salary cap. Secret tie breaker should be removed to maintain level playing field and to keep the proceedings transparent. There should be fewer 4pm matches in chennai. It is too hot, specially for the foreign players.

Posted by srini.srini on (November 18, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

@Animesh, There is a difference between EPL style leagues and the IPL. The EPL runs for almost 10 months of the year and have each team playing 38 games. Getting rid of the eliminator & finals will not be an option for a shorter tournament like IPL as people will start losing interest in the final weeks of the tournament.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

So with 8 teams we can have a strong teams and then the competition too will become strong. That eight Teams should be eg. Mumbai and Ahmedabad from West side, Bangalore and Chennai from South,Delhi and Punjab from North, Ghaziabad from Central and Kolkatta from East, as all this area have strong teams and they should retain there local players and then add other domestic and International players through auction, this will help to have a strong local fan base and will improve the quality of team and cricket.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

There is a technical difference between 'League' and 'Tournament'. If IPL introduces 2 Groups/Pools system, then it won't be a League technically. The IPL 2010 format is fine, but I would suggest to remove Eliminator and Play-Off matches to make IPL a complete league like EPL, La Liga and Serie A football leagues. The suspense and entertainment will increase.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

There should be a limit on number of players contracted to India playing in a particular team. The team composition should include a particular number of local boys mandatory in the playing 11.Also there must be minimum number of games that must be played by a player if he is bought by a team.

Posted by rajuramki on (November 18, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

When the franchises could select players from a common pool in IPL 1 , some franchises were clever and most were not . CSK and MI had their thinking very clear with the result that they have strong teams . For example , Deccan chargers were not smart enough to retain Rohit , whereas CSK had Badri , for a specific role in the team . It is such clear thinking and the team owner's vision that CSK and MI have strong teams . May be, they can bring in a rule that any team can only retain 3 players and that too from the Indian contingent only . All overseas players should be put on auction so that the franchises can correct their thinking , if needed .IPL will loose its charm if there are wholesome changes in the team composition .

Posted by vish57 on (November 18, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

no team should be allowed to retain any player; all should be under auction route only; CSK & MI are having too strong a team and RR and KingsXI are to weak a team. 8 Teams or fair and complete and 60 matches are more than adequate till 10th edition.

Posted by Abbas67 on (November 18, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

The 8 eight teams should be divided into 2 pools, each team should play twice with their pool's opponent & once with the other pool, other then this the retaining system should be like this - each team can only retain 1 foreign player & 2 indian players, and excluding it they can bid for 2 foreign teammates & 5 indian teammates, this will give us new and different IPL teams.

Posted by inswing on (November 18, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

Smaller event, fewer matches, less revenue. Less income means that the current sky-high salaries of the players cannot be sustained. Lowering player pay would also mean losing some big name players. Fewer big name players would also mean worse TV ratings, leading to less income. A smaller event is essentially a death spiral. For long term sustainability, it is advisable to have at least 10 teams. Otherwise you will see franchise owners complain after taking large losses.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

IPL 2014 should be very straight and simple like the World Cup or the champions league 2013. It must have 8 teams. the teams should be divided by pools A and B. Every pool player must fight with their own pool opponents. The top two here and the top two there, must compete in a direct 2 headed semi finals. the best teams reach the final for the glory.

Posted by Aswath03021990 on (November 17, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

To regain IPL interest , keep 8 teams only which will be very competitive. Keep retention policy like before for the auction.Reduce evening matches in week days.Keep the tournament crisp and short as possible without any delays.

Posted by CodandChips on (November 17, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

Would be a shame for English fans because evening matches are nice after getting home from work/school/college.

There is an imbalance in the IPL with CSK and MI the big boys. Personally I'd like a reshuffle to rectify this and make next year even more interesting. I would have 4 groups of players: 1. Foreigners 2. Indian National players 3. Indian youngsters 4. Indian domestic players.

Teams bid for players. Only move onto the next pot when no other player is demanded from the previous. Force teams to have 2 youngsters. Would in later years force teams to rebid on all players except pot 4. 1, 2 & 3 should be rebid annually. Pot for should be rebid every 5 years. Players in each pot to be reviewed each year.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

8 teams with one home n away matches with other teams should be perfect .. this will also ensure that the quality of the teams do not get diluted..

Posted by   on (November 17, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

Play Test Cricket instead of IPL...A Classy Rohit is better than a Swashbuckling Rohit !

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