BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly
BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

It has been reported that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has agreed to one ICC event per year in the next FTP cycle in exchange for a bigger window for the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the league is set to expand from 8 to 10 teams from 2022 onwards.

Earlier the BCCI had shocked everyone by announcing that they would prefer having only one ICC event a year and were not in favor of multiple ICC events in the year. But as per new reports, this stance has been softened after seemingly BCCI got its way to get a bigger IPL window from next year onwards.

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI President
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

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BCCI, Cricket Australia (CA), and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) were not in favor of increasing ICC events and bringing back the Champions Trophy but now all the three boards have to shake hands with ICC as per a report by Cricbuzz.

In ICC’s general meeting on June 1, it has been announced that they will expand and host one event every year. Their decision is contrary to the BCCI’s approach of ‘less is more.’ However, the BCCI wanted to broaden the IPL window given that it plans to expand the league to 10 teams and this might mean the number of matches increasing from 60 to either 76 or 90.

IPL 2021 Time Table
IPL Trophy. (Photo: BCCI)

It seems the BCCI has now agreed to multiple ICC events per year in a trade-off for a bigger IPL window. Earlier, Sourav Ganguly had said that ICC should adopt a ‘less is more’ approach just like the FIFA World Cup model.

“Sometimes less is more in life. So, we have got to be careful with that. And the football World Cup happens every four years and you see the madness. That’s a decision the ICC has to make I’m not in a position to talk or comment on it. As and when I get an opportunity to be a part of the discussion, I will speak,” stated BCCI president Sourav Ganguly back in 2019.

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