PBKS owner Ness Wadia wants IPL broken in two

IPL 2023: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning a longer IPL from ICC’s next FTP cycle, which is 2024. But a 74-day period has been met with criticism from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), while many other boards am afraid of it too. Ness Wadia, owner of Punjab Kings, has come up with a unique solution, “break the IPL in two halves”. Follow IPL 2023 and live updates from Indian Cricket on InsideSport.IN.

“If you can’t have a long four month season, why not watch two seasons, one in India and one in a different country every year. Indians are all over the world. There is huge potential to have many more games,” Ness Wadia told PTI.

IPL 2023: Ness Wadia, owner of Punjab Kings, offers UNIQUE solution for longer IPL window, says ‘Run IPL in two halves’

Ness Wadia, co-owner of Punjab Kings, believes IPL should now be held in two separate halves with a significant increase in matches after the BCCI ‘killed’ the media rights auction with a deal of 6.2 billion dollars.

BCCI spread the media rights in four bundles and helped the richest cricket board to collect Rs 48390 crore from the e-auction, almost three times more than the previous cycle.

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Over the next five years, there is a possibility that the IPL could have as many as 94 matches and BCCI secretary Jay Shah has already said the tournament will last two and a half months in the next ICC’s FTP calendar.

Speaking to PTI, Wadia congratulated Shah and Co for delivering an innovative media rights strategy, but he hoped the IPL will get what should have happened a long time ago: “more home games and a bigger season”.

IPL 2023: Ness Wadia, owner of Punjab Kings, offers UNIQUE solution for longer IPL window, says ‘Run IPL in two halves’

“IPL has brought cricket to the world level. The IPL has provided the spark that cricket needs and made it a global sport. It will get even bigger. That said, seven games at home is way too little. It should be at least 14. I really see a much longer season that is way overdue,” added Wadia.

Until last season, when there were eight franchisees, teams played 14 games home and away. With 10 teams this year, the format was changed, but one team continued to play 14 games.

When asked why the home games should be doubled, he replies: “That makes sense. How many are seven games at home? Too little in my opinion. There should be a bigger window. In value per game, the IPL is now greater than EPL and look at the number of games each team plays there (38).

IPL 2023: Ness Wadia, owner of Punjab Kings, offers UNIQUE solution for longer IPL window, says ‘Run IPL in two halves’

IPL is getting a longer window and other T20 leagues growing around the world are also putting more emphasis on bilateral cricket.

A few pundits have already predicted that cricket will go the way of football, with leagues set to dominate the cricket calendar.

“I would say it is already happening. There is no doubt that this will eventually happen. The IPL has revived, grown and globalized cricket. And believe me, this is the tip of the iceberg.

“The tournament has been around for 15 years and the showcase should have been bigger many years ago. It’s been a while. And it will happen. How long can you keep genie in the bottle?’

When asked about the viewer fatigue factor now that the IPL is getting longer: “At some point we will have to take that into account as well. That’s where the creativity comes from and we can see how competitions are run around the world. We are far from fatigue right now. We will cross the bridge when we get there.”

IPL 2023: Ness Wadia, owner of Punjab Kings, offers UNIQUE solution for longer IPL window, says ‘Run IPL in two halves’

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