In the build-up to Indian Premier League’s 11th season, a number of new changes are being introduced in the tournament, and if latest reports are to be believed, the T20 extravaganza may now see a mid-season transfer break, just like those in major European football leagues. According to reports, a player can represent another team if he hasn't played the first seven matches of the season and the proposal was unanimously agreed by the eight team owners.
"This proposal is a win-win situation for players and teams."
"There have been instances where a player gets only a few games and that too towards the business end of the tournament or warms the bench throughout the season. A team buys a certain player in the auction, but later finds it difficult to accommodate him in the playing XI due to their combination or team balance,” a BCCI official said.
The idea was discussed in the meeting and all owners/team representatives seemed convinced about it. The modalities will be worked out as soon as the IPL body accepts the proposal," the source continued.
Transfer window was among the many proposals discussed during the meeting between BCCI office bearers, IPL Governing Council members, CoA and all team owners/representatives. Reports also added that the owners unanimously rejected former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly’s idea of making IPL a 10-team tournament.
Since its inception ten years ago, the IPL has only grown in popularity and has become a major source of revenue for the Indian cricket board. The tournament enjoys equal popularity to Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL) and sees several international players locking horns with one another. Mumbai Indians has been the most successful IPL franchise with three titles, followed by Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, which have two titles each.