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Whatever they will say will happen: Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi on BCCI’s plans of extending IPL window

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has confirmed that IPL will have a two-and-a-half-month window in ICC's next FTP cycle.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 21 June 2022 4:05 pm

Shahid Afridi

Indian Premier League has cemented its position as one of the most successful leagues in the world. Recently concluded e-auction for broadcasting rights (TV and digital) which were sold for close to $6.2 billion for the next five years added a feather to the illustrious crown of India’s T20 domestic tournament as it made it one of the richest leagues in the world.

Recently, BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed that the Indian Premier League (IPL) will have a two-and-a-half-month window in ICC’s next Future Tours Programme (FTP) cycle. BCCI has already started brainstorming over the same with ICC citing India being the biggest market of the sport.

In the latest development, former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has voiced his opinion on BCCI’s plan and stated that India has emerged as one of the biggest markets in the world and India has the power to mould things as per their plan. While speaking on Pakistan TV channel SAMAA TV, Afridi said, “It all comes down to the market and the economy. The biggest [cricket] market is India. Whatever they will say will happen.”

Speaking of the recently concluded e-auctions for IPL‘s media rights, Disney Star retained the TV rights in the subcontinent for Rs. 23,575 crores, while Viacom 18 secured the digital rights for the same area and broadcasting rights across three global regions (Australia + New Zealand, South Africa and the UK) for Rs. 23,758 crores.

With a combined per-game value of $15.1 million, the IPL’s broadcasting rights are now more lucrative than those of the English Premier League, Major League Baseball and the NBA.

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