The IPL is all set to have its special two and a half month exclusive period from the ICC’s next Futures Tours & Program (FTP) calendar starting in 2024, with no international cricket scheduled at that stage. That the T20 extravaganza would be a “two-and-a-half-month” affair from the next FTP was confirmed by PTI in an exclusive interview with BCCI secretary Jay Shah on the sidelines of the blockbuster IPL media rights deal last month. .
“Let me inform you that from the next ICC FTP calendar, IPL will have an official two-and-a-half month window for all top international cricketers to participate. We have had discussions with several boards and with the ICC,” Shah said at the time. told PTI and it is now becoming a reality.
Under the International Cricket Council’s draft, the IPL, which now has a window from March to May last week, will now spill over into June with a two-week extension, a report in ESPNCricinfo said.
While Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is expected to voice concerns over its players being banned from the money-rich league over cross-border tensions between neighbours, Ramiz Raja is unlikely to gain any support from other members.
In fact, it was the BCCI secretary Shah who had campaigned hard for the special window and got most of the member countries on the same page.
The IPL pays the maximum wages to foreign players and each overseas sale to franchises provides a 10 percent fee for the member boards under the agreement. Most top countries do not hold any engagement during IPL.
When asked about Pakistan’s objection, an ICC board member laughed, aware of the developments.
“The problem with Ramiz is that he has to say certain things to his country’s media and he does what is fair. But the trend of his performance at ICC meetings tells a different story. He never protests. A thorough gentleman and he know this is happening. The boards want it and the players want it,” the senior official said.
From 60 games between eight teams, the 2022 IPL was expanded to 10 teams and 74 games with the addition of Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants. In the coming years, that will increase to 84 and eventually to 94 games.
Unlike the IPL, the Hundred in England, the Big Bash League in Australia does not have a dedicated window.
However, both the ECB and Cricket Australia want to ensure that it is scheduled in such a way that major players from both countries are available for the majority of the games.
England will probably have three weeks off from July to August so that big players can play the Hundred.
The BBL will have a free counter in January for the next four years. The West Indies have a period from August to September for the Caribbean Premier League and Bangladesh has a freer international calendar in January for the Bangladesh Premier League.
Cricket South Africa’s third attempt at a franchise T20 competition will launch in January 2023, the report said.
“In the design of the new FTP, they have a window clear of international cricket in January 2025 and January 2026.” Pakistan Super League has windows open in February-March (2023), January-February (2024) and December-January (2026-27).
The final design is expected to be presented at the ICC’s annual general meeting in Birmingham on 25-26 July.