“I think you might have two IPL seasons,” Says Ravi Shastri on IPL’s Future

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Ravi Shastri

Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri made a prediction where he says that IPL may move to 12 teams in the future.

Ravi Shastri on IPL’s Future

Shastri, who had been a commentator in the biggest cricket event for a long time, said IPL could see a shorter version in the second half of the year with the dip in bilateral series.

Shastri added the TV demand for more IPL matches could be met by adding a second season later in the year and by expanding the number of teams in the current form.

“I think you might have two (IPL) seasons,” Shastri said on “The Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show”.

“I wouldn’t be surprised at all. You might have a full competition with 10 teams — it could go to 12 teams in the future where the corridor can go from one-and-a-half months to two months.

And if bilateral cricket is reduced, you might well have a shorter format of the IPL in the latter half of the year, where it’s more like a World Cup format which is like a knockout after a little while to decide who’s the winner,” he went on to explain.

“All that is possible because it is driven by money and supply and demand. The demand is big for that type of format. The IPL will be tempted to go in that direction,” he said.

“It’s great for the sport, great for the players, broadcasters, and people who work around the teams. It’s [the IPL] industry on its own now,” the former Indian player added.

The BCCI claimed a remunerative deal of INR 48,390 crore($6.2 billion) for the next cycle of five years period (2023-27). The rights were sold in four different categories.

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