IPL to have official two-and-half month window from next ICC FTP
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IPL to have official two-and-half month window from next ICC FTP: Following a massive windfall of INR 48,390 crores in media rights deals for the next five-year cycle, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has presented another delightful development for the cricket fans as the Indian Premier League (IPL) will have an official two-and-half month window from the next ICC FTP calendar, likely to begin with 2024 edition of the tournament.

Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary, confirmed the development saying that the cricket board has discussed it with the governing body of cricket along with the other cricket boards.

“Let me inform you that from the next ICC FTP calendar, IPL will have an official two-and-a-half month window so that all the top international cricketers can participate. We have had discussions with various boards as well as the ICC,” said Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary.

Notably, for the last couple of weeks, there has been a buzz around IPL’s possible extension. The IPL was rumoured to be an 84-match competition, even 94 matches in the next few years. The Indian T20 league staged 74 matches in the recently held IPL 2022.

“That is an aspect we have worked upon,” said Jay Shah on the IPL extension.

As per the reports, the IPL 2025 and 2026 may have 84 matches per season while in the subsequent season, we may even see 94 matches being staged in the competition.

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The current future tour programme will run until 2023 and will end with the completion of the men’s 50-over World Cup in India in 2023. The high-profile tournament will be held in October-November. 

Moreover, the BCCI is contemplating playing friendly matches with multiple overseas franchises. There are high chances we may see top teams of the IPL playing with top teams of other T20 leagues in the future.

“We are having discussions with various stake-holders,” Shah said. “There are also multiple proposals for all the IPL franchises of playing friendlies overseas. That idea is being seriously contemplated but for that we also need to speak to other boards as we would need to know the schedule of international players.”

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