Ness Wadia wants long duration IPL in two seasons

Rajkot, Jun 17 (PTI) Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia believes that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has collected a hefty $6.2 billion from media rights and hence the Indian Premier League (IPL) has now been organized into two separate teams. Should be conducted in separate sessions.

BCCI sold the IPL media rights through e-auction for Rs 48390 crore, which is almost three times more than in the previous cycle.

There could be 94 matches in the IPL in the next five years. BCCI secretary Jay Shah has already said that the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) future tour schedule (FTP) will have two-and-a-half months for the IPL.

Wadia expressed hope that there will be more domestic matches in the IPL and its season will be prolonged.

He told PTI, “IPL has taken cricket to a global level. IPL has provided cricket with much needed energy and made it a global sport. Now it will get bigger.”

Wadia said, “Right now only seven matches are played at home. This is very less. Their number should be at least 14. I really feel that now the IPL season will get longer which is long overdue.

He said, “If IPL cannot be held for four months long season then why not organize it in two seasons. One of these sessions can be held in India and the other in any other country. Indians are everywhere in the world. There is every possibility that there will be more matches in IPL now.

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