Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced to tackle the extended IPL window after the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced a separate two-and-a-half-month window for the Indian Premier League from the next year in the ICC Future Tour Programmes (FTP). Jay Shah, the secretary of the BCCI revealed the news after the cash-rich league touched climax becoming the second-most valued league after selling its media rights for INR 48,390 crore for 2023-27 this month.
Raja, on the initiative, has stated that the PCB will oppose this theory in the upcoming ICC meeting. He says extension and addition of IPL window in ICC FTP mean they are short-changed. The PCB chairman feels there is a strong need to stand against it in the ICC meeting and he is ready to appeal in front of the global council.
Talking in a press conference, Raja stated,
“There has been no announcement or decision as yet on the IPL window being increased. I will give my views on this issue at the ICC conference. My point is clear: if there is any development in world cricket that means we are being short-changed, we will challenge it in a very forceful manner and put our point across strongly in the ICC,”
Notably, Pakistan could not play any international cricket from 6th April to 7th June due to the IPL 2022. If BCCI gets an extension from ICC, things might get worst for the cricket-loving nation. The Indian board has announced doing so as big players are rarely getting into IPL for the last some years due to international schedules.
It must be noted that BCCI has announced IPL Women the first edition of which is most likely to be played in 2023. The board is looking to create hype, and the IPL overall will occupy a huge window. This year’s men’s IPL was a ten-team tournament and saw 70 round-robin matches alongside playoffs and a final. If it is further exceeded, international schedules will get a mega-hit giving enough space to the franchise-cricket diminishing international fixtures for it.