Keeping in mind the Lodha committee’s recommendation that there should be a 15-day gap between the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the domestic calendar, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) is now mulling to keep at least 10 days gap between the IPL and the 2017 Champions Trophy in England. Sources said IPL’s governing council (GC), which met in the Capital on Tuesday, tentatively took a call to stage next year’s IPL between April 5 to May 21, 2017. The Champions Trophy is scheduled to begin from from June 1, 2017.
Incidentally, the top Indian players would get less than a week to play in the IPL as the Test series against Australia ends on March 29. The players’ auction will be held in Bengaluru on February 4. However, if the tentative schedule is approved for next year, it may not be another case of not complying with the Lodha committee’s reforms because the panel had apparently agreed to `go easy on this recommendation’. “The recommendation on 15-day’s gap is not absolutely binding, but the GC wants to ensure that the players get enough rest after the IPL season,” a top BCCI official explained. Earlier, BCCI had said on record it would stand to lose crores of rupees if the this recommendation is implemented. “The dates would be confirmed later. But the members discussed the dates of the 2017 IPL season along with the operational issue. The countdown has begun and the blue print needs to be ready,” a source said on Tuesday .
To celebrate the 10th year of the IPL in a big way, BCCI is planning to offer scholarships to school children with good cricket talent. The IPL’s GC is also considering the suggestion of members to do charity work for the underprivileged.
The board also discussed the trading window which opens from December and number of venues which will host the matches. It was also learnt that the IPL’s workshop with the team owners and officials would be held soon.The dates and venue would be decided in due course.