WPL to remain 5-team affair in coming three seasons; home and away format likely from season 2, says IPL chairman Arun Dhumal | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Girls’s Premier League (WPL) to stay five-team affair for the approaching three seasons regardless of turning out to be an enormous success within the inaugural version itself whereas BCCI is planning to introduce the house and away format from the following season to extend the fan base for the franchises, mentioned IPL chairman Arun Dhumal on Tuesday.
Dhumal feels the house and away video games will assist groups immensely in constructing a fan base and the board needs to take that step with out losing any additional time.

“Properly begun is half performed. It has been an important starting for WPL and going ahead it’ll be a lot better than what now we have seen up to now. We now have began with 5 groups however going ahead there may be scope for a further workforce given the pool of the gamers that’s going to come back within the years to comply with.
“We hope to extend the variety of groups however for the approaching three seasons it’ll stay 5. We’re absolutely wanting on the dwelling and away format, we’ll see which period slot is on the market contemplating India’s worldwide dedication and take a name.
“From a fan engagement perspective it is rather essential that we go for a house and away format,” Dhumal mentioned whereas speaking to PTI.

The primary ever WPL turned out to be successful amongst followers and gamers however because the event was staged inside robust timelines and proper after the Girls’s T20 World Cup, the BCCI determined to organise all of the video games throughout two venues in Mumbai.
Followers turned up in sizeable numbers to look at the video games at Brabourne and DY Patil Stadium. The occasion had garnered huge consideration even earlier than the primary ball was bowled with the groups rights fetching BCCI near Rs 4700 crore and media rights Rs 951 crore.
“It has been an outstanding experience up to now and fairly a difficult one given the time slot we needed to begin the WPL. We’re glad with the best way issues have progressed, we didn’t have a lot of window because the World Cup was there and the women had nearly per week to come back again and begin.
“Every thing (media rights, workforce rights, participant public sale) occurred one after the opposite however the best way the event was obtained, it was phenomenal,” Dhumal mentioned.

One motive for not introducing a sixth workforce instantly may very well be the shortage of high quality native expertise. The world’s finest displayed their exemplary expertise within the competitors however leaving apart Saika Ishaque, Kanika Ahuja and Shreyanka Patil, not many uncapped Indian gamers had been capable of flip heads on.
“Our nationwide workforce has performed very nicely during the last couple of years. U-19 ladies received the World Cup. Given how the WPL was obtained, we’re very hopeful that we’ll have an even bigger pool of gamers and their health and fielding customary will enhance immensely going ahead.”
Three out of 5 groups are owned by legacy IPL franchisees, who’ve seen the worth of the boys’s league attain astronomical proportions.
When can the WPL franchisees break even?
“So far as breaking even is anxious, those that have invested their cash, they’ve plans in place. Our plan is to generate cash and plough it again into the sport and get an even bigger and higher pool of gamers for India.”
Dhumal mentioned it was additionally essential to present gamers from affiliate nations a possibility within the WPL. USA’s Tara Norris performed within the inaugural version.
Groups can decide as many 5 abroad gamers within the taking part in eleven however the fifth one should be from an affiliate nation.
“This can be a world occasion. It’s not India centric. We now have given one slot to affiliate international locations which is able to assist the sport develop globally. And their gamers did nicely too.”
‘IPL: TV stays related however be extra takers for digital medium’
The 2-month lengthy IPL started final week following a report media rights deal that fetched the board a staggering Rs 48,390 crore. The board offered TV and digital rights individually for the primary time and that proved to be a masterstroke.
TV rights holder Star and digital rights proprietor Viacom are jostling to present an improved viewing expertise to the followers.
“The sport has to innovate for everybody. Every thing concerning the recreation has to revolve across the followers. The thought was to make it extra enriching for the followers. We had a special set of auctions (for media rights), now we have two superb companions.
“Plenty of market must be captured so far as the worldwide viewers is anxious. We’ll attain out to the followers globally,” mentioned Dhumal.
Contemplating the digital revolution going down in India and world wide, will TV stay related?
“Digital is altering the panorama so there can be extra takers for digital however given the depth and attain of the tv it nonetheless has an important market in India,” he added.
‘Introduction of Affect participant’
Dhumal added that the introduction of Affect participant within the IPL and groups being picked after the toss was performed to mitigate the toss benefit.
“We now have seen dew play a significant position. Profitable the toss is seen as a bonus and to mitigate that we thought to introduce ‘Affect Participant’ and provides the groups an opportunity to choose groups publish toss to allow them to decide the best eleven,” he added.
(With PTI inputs)

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