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IPL Ready For Expansion, Says Former Indian Skipper Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid. (Photo Credit: BCCI)

Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid has given his vote towards BCCI’s plan of adding an extra IPL team in the next edition. Dravid said that IPL as a platform is growing every year and there is a lot of talent that is in store and on the show as well.

The India U-19 coach voiced out his sentiment of churning out new talents by giving his vote to the 9-tam IPL that the BCCI is planning. Reports are also ripe that BCCI might look to make it a 10-team tournament by 2023, which is the board’s long term plan as well.

IPL Ready For Expansion: Rahul Dravid

During a virtual seminar for the launch of the book “A New Innings” – written by Manoj Badale and Simon Hughes – Rahul Dravid spoke about the beneficial effects that the IPL has for the young players as well as experienced domestic names who have used the stage to showcase their skills.

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“Purely from a talent perspective, I think we’re ready for an expansion. 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,” said Dravid.

Rahul Dravid further added that IPL has given players an extra platform along with Ranji trophy cricket to showcase their talent and make a case for themselves to be selected in the Indian team. Dravid concluded by saying that the past decade (2011-2020) has been the best for Indian cricket in the white-ball format and the emergence of the IPL has had a huge part to play in Team India’s success in the past decade.

“Now the IPL is not only about the top level. In the past in Indian cricket, when young players were looking for opportunities, the only place they got them from was from the state associations. They needed to play for their Ranji Trophy team in their own state, but today because of the IPL, you can be from Karnataka and you can play for Mumbai” said Dravid.

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