The majority of Indian Premier League (IPL) clubs have reportedly angered the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) by entering the international T20 league market.
The franchise owners have taken a proactive role in extending their global framework. In both the future International League T20 and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), three franchises presently have a team (ILT20)
The BCCI expressed their disapproval at the franchise owners’ international endeavours, which they believe may diminish the worth of their league, according to a report by Cricbuzz. An official from the team who attended the meeting before the IPL 2023 mini-auction in Kochi said:
“That was the point. They tried to discourage them from participating in foreign leagues. They understood those who are already there. But they tried to dissuade us from taking such steps in the future.They were suggesting that our presence in foreign leagues could dilute the value of the IPL”
BCCI secretary Jay Shah and recently appointed league chairman Arun Dhumal were present at the meeting. Noting that the BCCI does not necessarily have the power to overrule the franchises’ overseas ventures, Arun Dhumal said:
“Not really. Other boards have all the right to start their leagues. But we have seen that the IPL is way ahead. A few of them (franchise owners) have interests in other leagues. They have to look after their business interests. We can’t stop them. They have money in their kitty, so it is their choice.”
While the Tringbago Knight Riders, Barbados Royals, and St. Lucia Kings have given the globe a peek of the sport, a significant wave of expansion will begin with the start of the ILT20 and SA20 in early 2023.