According to Aakash Chopra, a former opening batter for India, there will likely be two tournaments of the Indian Premier League (IPL) held within a single calendar year in the not-too-distant future. The first season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) took place in 2008 as a competition that lasted for around two months and included eight different teams. After the inclusion of the Lucknow Super Giants and the Gujarat Titans in the 2022 season, there were a total of 10 teams competing.
Chopra believes that holding the Indian Premier League tournament twice a year is possible regardless of whether or not it is required. He also mentioned the possibility of the Indian Premier League having longer editions with more games, followed by shorter editions. The player, who is now 44 years old, participated in the first seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2008 and 2009. After that, in 2011, the Rajasthan Royals decided to sign him.
It is the next logical step for a competition such as the Indian Premier League: Aakash Chopra
On his YouTube channel, Chopra, who is a frequent face in the Hindi commentary box during matches and an active member of the cricket community, discussed his predictions for the future of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He said that the market forces are going to determine the destiny of the IPL. But he also thinks that the tournament may stay the same for the next five years.
On a very separate topic, Chopra discussed the prerequisites for Twenty20 Internationals (T20I). Ravi Shastri, a former coach for India, thinks that the bilateral Twenty20 International should be eliminated to create room for more franchise cricket. Chopra, on the other hand, had a contrary viewpoint and insisted that Twenty20 Internationals should continue for the sake of both fans and broadcasters. In addition to this, he said that One-Day Internationals (ODI) were uninteresting and lacked a sense of excitement for both spectators and broadcasters.
“When you speak about this, then you begin to wonder whether there is a need for two IPLs. Will it happen or won’t happen? This is the most important question. I have a feeling the answer will be yes. It will 100 percent happen. There will be a big IPL, where there will be 94 matches, and one small IPL, which will be over in one month, where all teams will play each other maybe once,” said the former Indian opener.
“Once you have sown the seeds, which were in your hands, and given them water for a few days, after that it follows its path. It is out of your control beyond that point. All that can happen to it now is for it to grow into a massive banyan tree. It is now the next logical step for a competition such as the Indian Premier League,” Chopra remarked.
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