The number of matches in the popular franchise league Indian Premier League
(IPL) is increasing day by day. Earlier, a total of 60 matches were held, but this time it has
increased to 74. With the addition of new teams, the 55-day tournament has come to a halt in 65
days. In such a scenario, it is becoming difficult for the International Cricket Council (ICC),
the highest governing body of cricket, to organize bilateral series. So, this time they are
thinking of an alternative path.
Is it just IPL? The South African Cricket Board and the United Arab Emirates Cricket Board have
announced the launch of a new league in their country. ICC Chairman Greg Barclay is currently in
India to enjoy the last chapter of the IPL.
Speaking to reporters there, he said, "If a country starts a domestic league, the ICC has
nothing to do with it. We thought of some alternative ways. For example, the number of countries
in ICC competitions can be increased instead of bilateral series."
Speaking on the main issue of organizing the bilateral series, Barclay said, "The scope of
popular competition like IPL is increasing. The previous eight teams have been replaced by 10
teams. At the same time, the scope of domestic leagues in many more countries is also
Cricketers from different countries are showing more interest in playing in IPL and other
leagues than playing for the country. There are 365 days in a year. So naturally, time is
running out for the bilateral series. As a result, there are some problems in organizing the