Thursday, 1 September 2016

Mini IPL plans to be put on hold says Anurag Thakur

The mini-IPL, scheduled to take place in the United States later this year, has hit a roadblock as BCCI President Anurag Thakur has raised certain concerns. The time difference between the the US and India remains a major hurdle.

Time difference a major hurdle for mini IPL in United States

"IPL, we are not even thinking of hosting it outside India. It has to be hosted in India, but there are many other options what you can do which we'll let you know over a period of time when we come out with a long-term plan for this market," he added

The India cricket team, just a few days back, plied their trade in two competitive T20 matches in Florida against the West Indies. While the Caribbean nation won the first match, the second match had to be abandoned due to a wet outfield.

"I think we must understand the time difference," Thakur told ESPNCricinfo, while talking about the mini IPL tournament. "IPL is seen in India from 7 o'clock to 11 or 11.30 at night. So you have to play somewhere in the east coast here (USA) so (that) the timing matches.

"If we have to play in the day here, the matches should be seen in India at night because broadcasting is a big thing. So you can't make your home fan lose (by) playing outside India. So which are the provinces you can play in United States? That's a big task."

Apart from the US, the BCCI had shortlisted UAE (United Arab Emirates) as another possible venue to hold the mini IPL, originally thought about to be held this month.

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