new Delhi: Former Indian team captain Rahul Dravid believes that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is ‘ready for expansion’ in terms of more teams without compromising on the number and quality of available talent in the country.
There is a discussion that in the 2021 IPL, there will be nine teams instead of eight and which can be contested by 10 teams by 2023. It is also part of the long-term plan of the Cricket Board of India (BCCI).
National Cricket Academy (NCA) director Dravid also supported the idea of Rajasthan Royals co-owner Manoj Badale saying that the IPL with nine teams in 2021 is ‘certainly possible’.
Dravid said, ‘If you look from the perspective of talent, I think the IPL is ready for expansion. There are a lot of talented players who are not getting a chance to play ‘.
Dravid said that if there are more teams, then all the talented players can be accommodated and it will not reduce its level. He said, ‘I believe we are ready because a lot of new names and faces have emerged in terms of talent.
Badale, who co-authored this book with former England cricketer Simon Hughes, welcomed the idea of expanding the tournament as a IPL stakeholder.
He said, ‘BCCI needs to take a decision and they will decide on how to proceed in this matter’.
He said, ‘It is definitely possible to form a nine-team league in 2021, but for this you will have to play more matches in the afternoon and maintain the level of competition’.
Dravid (Rahul Dravid) said that due to IPL, players like Haryana’s Rahul Tewatia could show their talent to the world. He said, ‘Earlier, you depended on your state association on selection for Ranji Trophy. In a state like Haryana, Tewatia would have limited opportunities in front of brilliant spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal, Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav. In such a situation, now you are not limited to the state association only to show your talent.
He said that the IPL gives players the experience of playing international cricket without it. He said, ‘As coaches we can help young players in their journey but for this they need experience. You can look at Devdutt Padikkal who is batting with Virat Kohli or can learn from AB de Villiers’.
Dravid (Rahul Dravid) said that this decade (2011-2020) has been a great one for India in limited-overs cricket in which the IPL has contributed immensely. Is performed. We won the World Cup (2011), Champions Trophy (2013) during this period and reached the semi-finals and finals of the T20 World Cup. Young players have learned a lot by watching TV and listening to the opinions of experts.