Venky Mysore, CEO of Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders, stated in an interview with a well-known news outlet that IPL franchises are now open to the idea of signing a player for a whole year.
Currently, a player’s contract with a club is only for a limited time, but as owners of IPL teams are more common in other leagues around the world, they may try to sign a specific player in the hopes that he would represent their franchise in more than just the IPL.
One of the most famous teams in the world, the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise has also added teams in the Caribbean Premier League (Trinbago Knight Riders), Major League Cricket (USA), International League T20 (UAE), and recently a team . Both leagues are scheduled to begin play in the coming year.
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If something like this happened in the future, Mysore thought it would be fantastic and give cricketers extra options.
“If it happened like this in the future, that would be great. What we want to create is a common platform, system and culture that we can participate in all year round – strengthening our brand, building our fan base and providing opportunities to cricketers around the world.
And in the process you will hopefully build a successful company around it.” he told De Telegraaf.”
“In an ideal world, of course, because that gives us the opportunity to make our vision and strategy even stronger. If we could have X number of contracted players and use them all in different leagues, that would be nirvana. Hopefully it will happen someday. I wouldn’t be surprised if it did.”
Currently, players from different countries compete in countless leagues around the world, but under the new system, they will always only play for one franchise team at a time. For example, Andre Russell, who plays for KKR in the IPL, will also represent the team owned by the Knight Riders in the CPL and other competitions.
BCCI is considering letting Indian players play in international T20 leagues other than IPL: Venky Mysore
Currently, Indian players are not allowed to participate in T20 competitions abroad, but according to Mysore, the BCCI is considering letting Indian players play in international T20 competitions. He thinks they are trying to determine the best course of action for Indian cricket.
“Of course we hope this will happen at some point in the future. When we broach this topic, the BCCI says, ‘Yeah, we need to figure out how to do something’.
“I think they have an open mind. But they have to figure out what is best for Indian cricket and for Indian players. That’s how they would think about it, and that’s fair enough. Some very good minds would apply their mind to this idea. If it all comes together, it would be great.”
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