IPL 2012 May 12, 2012

IPL teams get nod to play Associates, Affiliates

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The BCCI's working committee has approved a proposal to allow IPL franchises to play a limited number of friendly matches in ICC Associate and Affiliate countries between June and August, subject to guidelines that the board will set down at a later date. While reactions have been muted given the lack of immediate clarity, the decision is being seen as a way for franchises to extend their visibility beyond the league's two-month window.

A board official told ESPNcricinfo that the decision arose out of a number of discussions the IPL governing body has been having with the franchises over the years.

The possibility of the franchises playing games outside the IPL was discussed at the franchise workshop held in Goa earlier this year, a franchise official said. The teams are eager to do so as it gives them a chance to generate more revenue while also helping them to build their fan bases, both in and outside India. One the problems the teams have faced in building fan loyalty is that the IPL season only lasts six weeks and so they struggle to keep their fans engaged the rest of the year. The more matches a team plays, the longer they can hold the interest of their fans.

Arvinder Singh, the chief operating officer of Kings XI Punjab, told ESPNcricinfo that they "are very happy to get this permission". According to him, Kings XI has been contacted by a number of Associate and Affiliate countries, such as Canada and the USA, to stage exhibition games in those countries. There has also been interest from the UK and the West Indies. CEO of the Delhi Daredevils franchise, Amrit Mathur, was also pleased by the development. "It is good for brand promotion and for fan engagement," he said. "It is a major step forward."

While the details of the number of matches, their locations and the modes of funding are still to be decided, some of the franchises envisage being able to organise their own series of matches, either against an Affiliate country's national side or against local teams from that country. There is precedent for IPL teams playing matches in other countries. In July 2009, Rajasthan Royals, then the IPL's defending champions, played the Middlesex Panthers, then the reigning English Twenty20 champions, in the British Asian Cup.

In February, 2010, Royals announced plans to create the first global sport alliance as they joined forces with Hampshire, Cape Cobras, and Trinidad and Tobago to form a worldwide Twenty20 brand. The Australian domestic Twenty20 champions, Victoria Bushrangers, were also believed to be close to confirming their participation in the venture. However, the BCCI's decision to terminate Royals later the same year effectively ended that enterprise, though Royals were able to fight their way back into the IPL through the courts.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • smudgeon on May 14, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    @Riverlime - try getting AFL's hands off the MCG during September!

  • riverlime on May 13, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    @Meety, September would suit every country, even India (the monsoon is tapering off by then). Furthermore, the CLT20 could be held at the ICC headquarters in Dubai every October, to centralise the game and to take the power away from individual Boards, and inject some much-needed impartiality to the tournament.

  • JustIPL on May 13, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Now Indian talent may become punching bag of the associates as well. Team selected through auctions dont ensure that they are the best players. Maintaining India A, B, C can be a good idea so that new talent if any can be focused. BCCI is underestimating thee associates like they did against Windies before the whitewashes.

  • on May 13, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Great move by BCCI! There is a gr8 market for cricket in the US. Cricket would become more globalised. And IPL and T20 is the right format to promote. Ppl in the US dont have enough time to waste 5 days for a Cricket match ;) .That is where Cricket lost out to Baseball in early 20th century.

  • SirViv1973 on May 13, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    If the ICC are serious about the development of the associates then more games like the one played in Dubai against Eng should be arranged and the stronger sides like Ireland & Afghanistan should be playing regular 4 day first class games against the likes of Aus A, Ind A & Eng Lions, not T20 tip and run games against IPL franchises which will just be a vehicle for IPL to make more money.

  • SirViv1973 on May 13, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    This will potentially do further damage to NZL and in particular WI cricket. WI are already in a position where they cannot pick many of their better players wen the IPL is being played, does this now mean the likes of pollard, Bravo and Russel will not be available from Jun - Aug as well! If so I really do fear for the future of the WI team.

  • on May 13, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Though it's good to generate revenue for the franchise and create the fan base, wouldnt this change the country wise team model to club level team model? when it's happened it would go on and try to emulate the success EPL has .... then only during the worldcup the country wise team will meet each other...

  • Meety on May 13, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @riverlime - the T20s can't play at the same time, as SA, Oz & NZ cannot realistically play during the winter. Most grounds would be used for the 4 main football codes.

  • venkatesh018 on May 13, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    The cancer is beginning to spread ...The end is nigh for international cricket.

  • on May 13, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Not a bad idea by BCCI. Right now the franchises are like just for 2 months and the CLT20 if they qualify.

  • smudgeon on May 14, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    @Riverlime - try getting AFL's hands off the MCG during September!

  • riverlime on May 13, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    @Meety, September would suit every country, even India (the monsoon is tapering off by then). Furthermore, the CLT20 could be held at the ICC headquarters in Dubai every October, to centralise the game and to take the power away from individual Boards, and inject some much-needed impartiality to the tournament.

  • JustIPL on May 13, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Now Indian talent may become punching bag of the associates as well. Team selected through auctions dont ensure that they are the best players. Maintaining India A, B, C can be a good idea so that new talent if any can be focused. BCCI is underestimating thee associates like they did against Windies before the whitewashes.

  • on May 13, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Great move by BCCI! There is a gr8 market for cricket in the US. Cricket would become more globalised. And IPL and T20 is the right format to promote. Ppl in the US dont have enough time to waste 5 days for a Cricket match ;) .That is where Cricket lost out to Baseball in early 20th century.

  • SirViv1973 on May 13, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    If the ICC are serious about the development of the associates then more games like the one played in Dubai against Eng should be arranged and the stronger sides like Ireland & Afghanistan should be playing regular 4 day first class games against the likes of Aus A, Ind A & Eng Lions, not T20 tip and run games against IPL franchises which will just be a vehicle for IPL to make more money.

  • SirViv1973 on May 13, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    This will potentially do further damage to NZL and in particular WI cricket. WI are already in a position where they cannot pick many of their better players wen the IPL is being played, does this now mean the likes of pollard, Bravo and Russel will not be available from Jun - Aug as well! If so I really do fear for the future of the WI team.

  • on May 13, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Though it's good to generate revenue for the franchise and create the fan base, wouldnt this change the country wise team model to club level team model? when it's happened it would go on and try to emulate the success EPL has .... then only during the worldcup the country wise team will meet each other...

  • Meety on May 13, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @riverlime - the T20s can't play at the same time, as SA, Oz & NZ cannot realistically play during the winter. Most grounds would be used for the 4 main football codes.

  • venkatesh018 on May 13, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    The cancer is beginning to spread ...The end is nigh for international cricket.

  • on May 13, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Not a bad idea by BCCI. Right now the franchises are like just for 2 months and the CLT20 if they qualify.

  • on May 13, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Not a bad idea by BCCI. Right now the franchises are like just for 2 months and the CLT20 if they qualify.

  • anshu.s on May 13, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    @ Sunil Prasad,i don't understand what so funny about clubs playing each other,may be to us Indians who follow Cricket, Hockey and olympics and revel in amateur spirit of sports don't appreciate the world of club v/s club.Modern football atleast for first 40-50 years was only played beetween clubs and world cup came much later,same is th history of American pro sports.Country v's country cricket is basically a British concept,they coudn't popularise the game among masses and neither spread the game beyond 8 or 9 commonwealth countries.Now since we live in times of globalisation and we are a emerging force why should we follow British model.Cricket like any professional sports should evolve and IPL franchises should transition itself to 50 over game and eventually 3 day cricket,country v/s country should be restricted to world cups and test matches.

  • riverlime on May 13, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    If the ICC were REALLY serious about the primacy of Test cricket, the they WOULD allow a window in the calendar for domestic T20 leagues. HOWEVER, ALL THE LEAGUES WOULD HAVE TO PLAY AT THE SAME TIME, and free flow of players allowed between teams, without regard to nationality. Then, at the end of that period, the winning teams from each league would meet in a rotated venue for a knock-out CLT20........ As it is now, India refuses to allow any of their players to play anywhere else, stifling the other leagues, and the converse occurs in the West Indies, where ONLY West Indians are allowed to play, suppressing profitability.

  • bala2rahul on May 13, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    brilliant move..great gesture by the BCCI !!

  • andrew.henshaw on May 13, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    i would love to see Ireland and Afghanistan involved in this as warm ups for the World T20

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    wonder who would want to see ordinary domestic t20 players, top players wont be available for these matches

  • smudgeon on May 13, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    an excellent idea that can lead to growth in other non-traditional cricket markets. however, i can't help but think that an expanded IPL & the increased revenue available might exacerbate the issues we already see with players choosing their club over international commitment. still, something about the idea of seeing KKR face off against Ireland, or Netherlands playing RCB, is quite appealing - and i'm not really a T20 fan! managed correctly, it could really open up new people to the game, and that's never a bad thing.

  • Nair_saab on May 13, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    @Riderstorm- I second your opinion eventhough the first part is debatable.@ John Firth- Ditto for the fringe indian players in IPL too.@TimeKiller-for Rajastan, the ranji champions, i dont know how many plaers are form the state itself. i mean its captined by Hrishikesh kanitkar from Maharashtra & star players Akash chopra & Robin bist are from delhi.

  • ajmal2010 on May 13, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Why Afghanistan Cricket Team is not adding in this type of Cricket matches, BCCI, PCB, Srilanka and Bangaldish must support Afghanistan team and add them in this type of matches. Afghanistan cricket team is also a good team.

  • LillianThomson on May 13, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Haven't the Associates got enough problems already before being force-fed 20 over hit and giggle garbage instead of real cricket in a form which requires technique and temperament?

  • Anwaruzz on May 13, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    A very good idea !! How about club championship of ICC and affiliate countries ? Home and away basis, similiar to football.

  • deepak_sholapurkar on May 13, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    At last a Good step by BCCI. It will give a lot of exposure to the new Indian players

  • CaptainKool on May 13, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Pak got CLT20 place, proposal for Indian players to play in SLPL and IPL teams to play Associates, Affiliates. What a great job BCCI!

  • ruester on May 13, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    Here's a thing BCCI, how about forgetting about IPL franchises and concentrate on getting your young indian players, playing in overseas conditions against first class players. THEN maybe some of them will be able to represent your National side without getting totally embarrased and having humiliating whitewashes? Also Indian fans... dont you want your cricket teams to perform well? Stop harping on about IPL and realise that it is not good cricket and the star performers are all overseas players! There are a few indian players this IPL who have performed well...Rahane has really looked good, but then we get to the waste of money players such as Ganguly, Yusless Pathan, V Kumar, Jadega. Haribijhan etc..

  • huttse96 on May 13, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    This is great news finally decisions are going the way of the associates and affiliates! i suggest that the IPL take on the top 10 20/20 associate and affiliate nations as these will be the strongest sides! Playing these nations in their own countries is a great way to grow that game of cricket! great stuff IPL!

  • Dashgar on May 13, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Even if it was only local Indian players involved this is still a great idea.

  • Masking_Tape on May 12, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    I see BCCI and the IPL is learning a lot for it's juniors the BPL, by getting involved with the Associates. BPL earned some good praising by making it mandatory to include at least one plays for Assos. But of course this is in a bigger way.

  • on May 12, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    #TimeKiller Well said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • on May 12, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    I don't disagree but most of the international players in the IPL 1) need a break after all this cricket and 2) a lot of them will be playing for their country in other series so basically, the IPL teams will consist of Indian players with maybe 1 international! BCCI really really need to focus on internationals not IPL and money!

  • on May 12, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    How about ipl teams play an ODI for a change?

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 12, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    BCCI you have my 100% support on this matter. We fans would LOVE to see IPL clubs play against associate nations and other clubs from around the world. This is the FUTURE of cricket and a bright one at that. Hopefully IPL clubs will transition into playing 3 day cricket. International cricket should be LIMITED. Cricket needs to follow soccer if fans are going to get any value for their money. Bye bye test cricket !!

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Its good but it should be ensured that it does not become like footbal which is played between clubs. it should not supercede the country to country matches. See footbal which is funny as its played between the clubs.

  • agam99 on May 12, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Gr8 job again by BCCI....gr8 for IPL franchises, gr8 for associates, gr8 for world cricket.....all in all a HATTRICK :D

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Stupidity at its height !! More days of international cricket now being blocked !! Pure " business " no in the name of keeping fans haapy and entertaining them !! They will anyways watch what u serve ! the new generation anyways wouldn't have seen more of traditional and interatioal cricket ! so they obviously wouldn't unlike the move !! I wish International Cups were possible like the ones involving 3 and more teams , the once popular pentangulr , quad. series !!!

  • Adeel9 on May 12, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Wow! Superb! This would be really encouraging mentally and financially to associates and affiliates.

  • Dino11 on May 12, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    For the 1st time in many years, I am forced to say good decision by BCCI. I would say its win win for both sides & all involved parties. Associates get to play new teams, few might be better teams and gain experience, owners extending life of teams from 2 months to 4 months and reaching more audience. Even if teams are not full strength still those who play will get good experience of playing in new conditions. BCCI will get praise & support from critics and associates. Overall good decision & gaining more plus!!!

  • samincolumbia on May 12, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Another masterstroke by BCCI...Our dear friends, the ECB and the english fans must be fuming with smoke coming out of their ears and noses!!

  • on May 12, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    well its gud for cricket ! cricket following football steps ! gr8 job BCCI at last !

  • Skylight28 on May 12, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Wow! BCCI is on a roll! Another excellent move! Way to grow the franchises as well as do the world of cricket some good! Playing against IPL teams will be great exposure for associate and affiliate countries! And it will be great for the franchises too that have some budding Indian players who will only benefit from added exposure. Well done BCCI! Great to see BCCI demonstrating the great responsibility that should come with the great power it now possesses in the world of Cricket.

  • on May 12, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    It is of course a very good move but I don't think any of the IPL teams would field their full strength team. Nevertheless, it would be a good learning experience for the rookie Indian players who would get the feel of playing in alien conditions. Good for Indian cricket.

  • Riderstorm on May 12, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Comeon guys, this is just useless. I mean, the novelty of IPL lies in the fact that is a annual short term league of T20 bringing together world class players along with local talent with exciting match prospects. The reason for the lack of fanbase is the due to the stupid and utterly illogical choices that franchises tend to make at the auctions not maintaining any sort of familiarity from the past year. Look at Chennai and MI for maintaining a fanbase with the familiarity they maintain that helps the fans connect with their teams. Another case in point, DC revamped on a whole ending up as buffoons.

  • on May 12, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Really Great Idea !!! it will be good to see Chennai vs Afghanistan or Punjab vs Ireland ... :)

  • Romenevans on May 12, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Nice. Its like Blackburn rovers visiting Pune to play with the locals. Good move.

  • on May 12, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    good idea,franchises must blossom..

  • Sudipta.94 on May 12, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Very Good. It will help cricket. The associates will improve.

  • Harmony111 on May 12, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    LOL, there goes the remotest chance of SLPL getting 'any' viewership in India. We would love to see our teams playing the associates. This is a masterstroke by BCCI. It will make the IPL more visible, it will allow the teams to fine tune their teams and most importantly, this will strengthen the associate nation by providing them with a chance of playing with supposedly better quality teams. This will be a PR point scored by BCCI too. Shame on those who keep on criticizing BCCI for being impertinent towards the game's future. LOOK AT THIS:- They are encouraging associates and on the other hand SLB is putting its unproven domestic T20 league (i.e. money) over an international fixture.

  • on May 12, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    In theory it sounds a good idea, especially for the Associates and Affiliates. Invaluable experience for them.

  • on May 12, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    This is really good move from BCCI and the IPL teams. This really can help both the IPL teams and the associates & Affiliates countries. specially the cricket will of those countries also will be fan based and improved. We want KKR to Play against Dhaka Gladiators.

  • TimeKiller on May 12, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Are you kidding me? No international player will be available, so who is going to watch? If it is just domestic players, then why doesn't the real domestic team (1st class) play these matches? At least they have something in common. They belong to one state, and speak the same language.

  • srivatsacertain on May 12, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Brilliant stuff this! This way, the IPL teams can have an expanded fan base, stronger fan base at home and more worldwide exposure! The local players get to play at different conditions. The teams might even include more players from the associate nations! I hope this will be a huge success!!

  • on May 12, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    a start of new era in cricket world...like that of football :)

  • Just_love_it on May 12, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Good move by BCCI.This will do good to game. Players will get to play in different condition outside India too.there r simply too many players signed by all teams n not getting chance to play n just worming benches will get chance in absence of int players.

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  • Just_love_it on May 12, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Good move by BCCI.This will do good to game. Players will get to play in different condition outside India too.there r simply too many players signed by all teams n not getting chance to play n just worming benches will get chance in absence of int players.

  • on May 12, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    a start of new era in cricket world...like that of football :)

  • srivatsacertain on May 12, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Brilliant stuff this! This way, the IPL teams can have an expanded fan base, stronger fan base at home and more worldwide exposure! The local players get to play at different conditions. The teams might even include more players from the associate nations! I hope this will be a huge success!!

  • TimeKiller on May 12, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Are you kidding me? No international player will be available, so who is going to watch? If it is just domestic players, then why doesn't the real domestic team (1st class) play these matches? At least they have something in common. They belong to one state, and speak the same language.

  • on May 12, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    This is really good move from BCCI and the IPL teams. This really can help both the IPL teams and the associates & Affiliates countries. specially the cricket will of those countries also will be fan based and improved. We want KKR to Play against Dhaka Gladiators.

  • on May 12, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    In theory it sounds a good idea, especially for the Associates and Affiliates. Invaluable experience for them.

  • Harmony111 on May 12, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    LOL, there goes the remotest chance of SLPL getting 'any' viewership in India. We would love to see our teams playing the associates. This is a masterstroke by BCCI. It will make the IPL more visible, it will allow the teams to fine tune their teams and most importantly, this will strengthen the associate nation by providing them with a chance of playing with supposedly better quality teams. This will be a PR point scored by BCCI too. Shame on those who keep on criticizing BCCI for being impertinent towards the game's future. LOOK AT THIS:- They are encouraging associates and on the other hand SLB is putting its unproven domestic T20 league (i.e. money) over an international fixture.

  • Sudipta.94 on May 12, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Very Good. It will help cricket. The associates will improve.

  • on May 12, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    good idea,franchises must blossom..

  • Romenevans on May 12, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Nice. Its like Blackburn rovers visiting Pune to play with the locals. Good move.