So will there be two seasons of IPL in a year, former coach of Team India Ravi Shastri said this

London : Former India head coach Ravi Shastri said he would not be surprised if the Indian Premier League (IPL) has two different seasons in a year. Shastri said the TV demand for more IPL matches can be met in the second season. Shastri said, ‘I think you can organize two IPL seasons. I wouldn’t be surprised at all. If bilateral cricket goes down, you will have more time left for IPL in the year and play a format with more knockouts like the World Cup, which will decide the winner.

“With 10 teams the entire competition may go ahead with 12 teams with a schedule of one and a half to two months,” he said. Former India all-rounder Shastri, who has played 80 Tests and 150 ODIs, believes that the development of IPL is good for the game as well. All this is possible because it is driven by money supply and demand. The demand for that type of format is huge.

Ravi Shastri said, ‘IPL can be expanded. This is great for the game. Great for players, broadcasters and people working around teams. It (IPL) is now an industry in itself. There was a lot of talk about the global cricket schedule last week after all-rounder Ben Stokes retired from ODI cricket citing the high workload of playing all three formats of the game. Shastri believes that reducing bilateral T20 series is a suitable solution to solve the scheduling problem.

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