There is still suspense regarding the Indian Premier League (IPL). Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has prepared a possible roadmap keeping the November-December tour of Australia in mind. According to sources, the board has prepared a possible schedule for the IPL from September 26 to November 8. However, some broadcasters are not happy with this, including Star India. They want to take the IPL to the upcoming Diwali on November 14 for profit.
The IPL due to Corona from March 29 has already been postponed indefinitely. This year the league will be possible only when the T20 World Cup, to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15, will be postponed. However, this is more likely because Australia also does not want the World Cup due to Corona. The final decision has to be taken by the ICC.
Broadcasters want to earn more profits in Diwali week
If sources are to be believed, the broadcaster wants to earn more profits through advertising during the week of Star Diwali. That is why they want the BCCI to take this schedule by the second or third week of November. Those opposing the schedule say that most of the matches in the IPL this time will be in the afternoon, which will affect the ratings.
Star expects to earn Rs 3300 crore from Ed this year
Star has bought IPL broadcasting rights for 5 years for Rs 16,347.5 crore. 55 crores for a match i.e. 23.3 lakhs per ball. Star is expected to generate 3300 crore TV, digital ad revenue from the IPL this year. He has already sold 90% of the ad slots.
A schedule has been prepared keeping Australia tour in mind.
On the schedule, a BCCI official said, “If the IPL ends on November 8, the Indian team can go to Australia on the 10th. The team also has to do corona test, practice, warm-up. India also has to play a day-night test on this tour, so the team also wants to play a day-night practice match.
India will play its first day-night Test abroad on December 11.
The Indian team is scheduled to play 3 T20, 4 Tests and three ODIs in November-December. It will begin with the Brisbane Test on 3 December. The Indian team will play their first day-night Test abroad in Adelaide on 11 December. Boxing Day will be played in Melbourne on 26 December and then New Year Test in Sydney on 3 January.
In the UAE with a shorter format, IPL can be done this time, IPL was to be 44 days instead of 50 days. All 8 teams have to play 14–14 matches in 9 cities. Apart from these, there were 2 semi-finals, 1 knockout and a final in Wankhede on 24 May, but the BCCI can now shorten the format to 37 days as in 2009. Also this tournament may be in UAE this time. If sources are to be believed, all the franchises have also started preparations for the IPL in the UAE.