Venky Mysore (Image Credits: Twitter)
Venky Mysore (Image Credits: Twitter)

Venky Mysore, CEO of Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders, stated in an interview with a well-known news outlet that IPL franchises are now open to the notion of signing a player for a whole year at a time.

Currently, a player’s contract with a club is for a specific amount of time only, but if IPL team owners become more prevalent in other leagues across the world, they may seek to sign a specific player in the hopes that he would represent their franchise in more than just the IPL. 

One of the most well-known teams in the world, the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise also has teams in the Caribbean Premier League (Trinbago Knight Riders), Major League Cricket (USA), International League T20 (UAE), and recently added a team. Both of these leagues are slated to begin play in the coming year.

Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2022
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image: BCCI)

Opportunity Of Creating A Successful Business: Venky Mysore

If anything like that were to happen in the future, Mysore thought it would be fantastic and give cricket players additional possibilities.

“If it happened that way at some point in the future, that’d be great. What we want to create is a common platform, a system, and a culture that allows us to participate around the year – enhancing our brand, building our fan base, and providing opportunities for cricketers around the world.

And in the process, you build hopefully a successful business around it,” he told The Telegraph.” 

“In an ideal world, sure—because that gives us the opportunity to make our vision and our strategy even stronger. If we were able to have X number of contracted players and were able to use them all in different leagues, I think that would be nirvana. Hopefully, someday it will happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if it did.” 

Andre Russell (Pic Credit-IPL)
Andre Russell. (Photo: IPL)

Currently, players from different nations compete in numerous leagues all around the world, but under the new system, they will only ever play for one franchise’s team at a time. For instance, Andre Russell, who plays for KKR in the IPL, will also represent the team owned by the Knight Riders in the CPL and other competitions. 

BCCI Considering Letting Indian Players Play In International T20 Leagues Other Than IPL: Venky Mysore

Currently, Indian players are not permitted to compete in T20 competitions abroad, but according to Mysore, the BCCI is considering letting Indian players to play in international T20 leagues. He thinks they are attempting to determine the best course of action for Indian cricket.

BCCI
BCCI. (Photo- PTI)

“Certainly, we’re hoping that will happen at some point in the future. When we broach this topic, the BCCI say, ‘Yeah, we have to figure out how to do something’.” 

IPL Franchises Open To The Idea Of Signing A Player For Complete 12-month Period

“I think they have an open mind. But they need to figure out what’s best for Indian cricket and for Indian players. That’s how they would be thinking about it, which is fair enough. Some very good minds would be applying their minds to this idea. If it all comes together, it’d be terrific.” 

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