Cricket is much more than a sport in India, actually, it is a religion. According to the IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla, BCCI is planning to launch a “Mini IPL” in the UAE. The tournament will be scheduled in the time slot that was previously allocated to Champions League T20.
Source: Yahoo Cricket
During an exclusive interview with Gulf News, Rajeev Shukla said: “One concept that we are deliberating and considering is launching a mini edition of the IPL overseas. We have seen that there is a huge attraction for IPL overseas. Earlier, we used to stage our Champions League T20 abroad and that slot is still vacant. We are thinking of a mini edition in that slot.”
Shukla further added: “Dubai will be the most favored destination for the mini IPL.”
How is Dubai as a Venue for the Mini IPL?
In 2014, during the general elections in India, Dubai had hosted the first leg of the tournament and over 250,000 people watched the matches. It was a total sellout. Also, Dubai and Sharjah have hosted the Pakistan Super League(PSL), which economically has fetched the profit of over $2 million each from its two seasons.
Next 10 Year Vision for IPL
Shukla said: “The next 10 years are going to be interesting. We are changing the revenue sharing model. Earlier franchises took the license fee but now they will be sharing the revenue with the BCCI. Another important thing is about tenders for the broadcasters. In fact, broadcasters’ tenders will be out in July and we are expecting a manifold rise in it.”
Rajiv Shukla has also confirmed that so far the BCCI has decided for eight teams only.