Mini IPL or friendly abroad? IPL GC neglects the franchise proposal

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: The IPL The Governing Council has temporarily filed the proposal for multiple franchises that wish to play a mini tournament or friendly abroad, as it would require a more detailed study of the ICC Future Tours Program (FTP).

It has been known that at least two franchises Mumbai Indians (MI) and Knight riders of Calcutta (KKR) have long been exploring the possibilities of capitalizing on their popularity among the Indian diaspora.

While the matter came up for discussion, a senior IPL governing council member said that it's been discussed and the matter has been filed.

The issue of allowing IPL franchises to play 'friendlies' was also discussed in the meeting but a final call would be taken only after seeing the ICC Future Tours Program , he said.

We have to check the FTP. We are looking for a small tournament or friendly for franchises. We are playing now in March, April and May and after that they have nothing. We want to popularize the game abroad too, but we have to watch FTP and it is subject to that, he added.

However another GC member added that as of now the IPL constitution doesn't allow franchises to play against each other on a foreign location.

IPL franchises can play a friendly against Somerset, Durham or Middlesex or Adelaide Strikers. That provision is there but there is no provision for two IPL teams playing friendlies abroad. For that the modalities of broadcast rights need to be changed and it's not an easy thing, said the member.

"We can't talk about the future but it is not happening right now. Also some of the bigger teams will not be able to avail their top India players, who will be on a 15-day break post IPL and then play remainder of the bilateral T20s leading upto the World T20. Also you need to factor in workload , he said.

Meanwhile England players are available for the entire IPL window this time round.