Mumbai, Mar 28 (UNI) The organizers of the Indian premium League are toying with the idea of introducing their second season in the month of September-October in the near future, the BCCI Vice President and IPL Chairman Lalit Mody said.
Addressing a jam-packed session on ''Sports-The Big Entertainment Options'' on the concluding day of the three-day FICCI-FRAMES, convention on the business of the Indian Entertainment and Media (E& M) industry here yesterday, Mr Mody said that the plan may not be realised before the year 2011 as it will have to be in sync with the ICC fixtures which are tight till then.
The first edition of the much-hyped IPL is commencing next month and it will last for 44 days.
He also announced that the present five million US Dollar capex imposed on all the eight teams in the IPL for 'buying' players in the auction will be lifted from next year. ''It will be free for all,'' he added.
Mr Mody vehemently disputed the contention of the other panelists and India's former players that the IPL may succeed only at the cost of cricket and such a money-centric format will lead to a situation in which the country may never produce a player like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulakar and Rahul Dravid. Mr Jadega also said that the present day BCCI is quite different from the past and its prime duty was not to mint money but to conduct and promote cricket.
''Quality sports needs big money. Each player in the IPL will have to perform to ensure his continuity in his team and the matches to be played under it on prime time of 9pm to 11 pm will give an option to the TV audience to watch a reality show rather than getting bored with serials,'' Mr Mody said.
The other panelists of the seminar moderated by the sports editor of NDTV Sonali Chander, included Editor at large of the DNA, Ayaj Memon, senior Vice President of Ten Sports and Economics Expert Thomas Hoehn.
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