After a lot of criticism from the existing franchises for the BCCI’s decision for the expansion of the Indian Premier League in 2021, the former Indian Wicket-keeper batsman backed BCCI’s decision for the additional teams.
After the delayed season of IPL2020, the BCCI gears up for the upcoming season of IPL. BCCI faced a heavy loss as VIVO pulled back from the sponsorship, however, in a short span Dream11 emerged as the new title sponsor for IPL 2020. The BCCI was paid just 222 crores by Dream11 to win the race, while VIVO used to pay 440 crores for the sponsorship. Many experts thought that the addition of a new franchise is a new financial step by BCCI to cope up with the loss.
Rahul Dravid on IPL Expansion:
However, the head of India’s National Cricket Academy, Rahul Dravid thinks that this is the right time to add a new IPL franchise to the basket. The addition of a new team in IPL will give more opportunities to the young guys who are exemplary talents. He says, there are many youngsters who are still not getting chances to showcase their talent in Indian T20 League.
“I feel IPL is ready for expansion in terms of talent if you look from a talent perspective. There are a lot of talented players who are not getting an opportunity to play,” Dravid.
“It’s been fantastic to see so many of those young Under-19 boys come on and establish themselves, not only for their state teams but also in the IPL. But many more are actually not getting opportunities,” Dravid added.
“They are sitting outside in a lot of these teams because the quality of the cricket is so good and there are so many good and experienced players,” Dravid said during the virtual launch of Manoj Badale and Simon Hughes’s.
Dravid on Mumbai Indian’s success:
Mumbai Indians win their 5th title in IPL 2020 and the first consecutive title. MI is one of the most successful franchises in world sports. Dravid backed Mumbai Indians saying, Mumbai has a strong scouting structure. They have been successful in scouting some amazing young talents who later on represented India on the highest levels. Also, Mumbai retained some of the powerful core in their side and combine them with the Indian young talents. That’s what makes them successful.
“Mumbai Indians were able to spot Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya at a young age, they’ve brought in Rahul Chahar and backed Ishan Kishan, and while you would not exactly call Suryakumar Yadav a young player because he’s been around for a while, a large part of their success is down to a very good scouting structure,” Rahul Dravid.