Q: Finally, how will IPL, being essentially an event of the BCCI, help
A: There are many firsts. For the first time, we [in India] have a
Twenty20 format for our fans, based for the first time on a city versus
city basis. It will be the first time that international players will be
participating in a domestic league, and also the first time that
corporates are directly involved.
A domestic event in India will be covered globally, and our youngsters
will be able to play with the world's best, show their skills and also
learn, with the best coaches and support staff to help them improve
their game. A minimum of 32 under-22 players will be part of the teams.
They will get noticed if they perform and this will speed up their
progress towards representing the country. The money IPL makes will help
Our franchises all have a will to win and will over the years start
academies and spend time in developing talent. Support staff will also
benefit. Last but not the least, it will be best for the cricket
enthusiasts around the globe. They will get to see some remarkable
cricket and spectators at the ground will have great experience.
'My team, my city' is our final objective. If we able to build on that
over the next few years we will have something that will revolutionise
cricket - the way it's played, watched or followed.