IPL to remain a bilateral-free window during the months of April and May

Among the major cricketing boards, only ECB is still to commit to the two-month window.

No bilateral series will be played during IPL post 2019 | BCCI

Cricket calendar is set to experience yet another change as one of the most lucrative sporting properties i.e. the Indian Premier League (IPL) is now expected to witness the luxury of having a bilateral-free window during the months of April and May, post 2019.

It is learnt that the BCCI has presented a revised Future Tour Program (FTP) during ICC’s two-day meeting in Singapore. The meeting was attended by the chief executives wherein a detailed presentation was discussed on FTP from each member board of the parent body.

As per the reports in TOI, an effort has been made by the Indian cricket board to ensure that all member boards will keep their respective cricketers free of all bilateral commitments, thus obliging the IPL with a thorough participation. Among the major cricketing boards, only the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is still to commit to the two-month window. However, the BCCI believes that the green signal from ECB will come very soon.

England’s cricket summer usually collide with the fag end of Indian Premier League (IPL) and thereby the English players find it difficult to play the full season of the cash-rich league.

TOI reports further claim that the new window for the next rights cycle beginning after the 2019 ICC World Cup will now be brought up at the BCCI's Special General Body (SGM) meeting in New Delhi on Monday.

"IPL will be the only global marquee event from 2020," sources close to the development told TOI.

A bilateral-free IPL could be the first sign of how the FTP in international cricket could change going forward. As the T20 cricket has become the primary format to sustain the game's finances, India undoubtedly has turned into its biggest revenue generator.


By Salman Anjum - 10 Dec, 2017

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