IPL 2016: The summer is going to be hot – Come summer and the IPL season starts with renewed vigor and enthusiasm as people from all walks of life congregate in the stadium watch the top cricketers of the globe in action. The tournament is scheduled from 8th April to 29th may. As far as the history is concerned, the 2015 IPL trophy was won by the Mumbai Indians under the effective guidance of Rohit Singh. Final in Kolkata was witnessed by a packed stadium and match touched the nerves of people creating amazing excitement. After a long see saw battle and century from SAHA, the Mumbai team was crowned as the champion.
Story behind IPL:
As the IPL was introduced in Indian in 2008, BCCI was not so sure about its success but launched it on an experimental basis. Due to the team selection concept where it was agreed to have city based franchise, the competition became quite intense. It provided level playing field to the teams as they participated in an auction to bid for the players. Complete transparency was assured as the television channels broadcasted live auction procedure.
IPL has taken a firm root in the psyche of Indian fans because it has been marketed in a very professional manner. With Lalit Modi at the helm during 2008, an innovative technique such as the strategic time out was introduced to make the tournament more interesting. Therefore, even if a team was losing, it would introspect within the prescribed time interval on how to get back into the game and defeat opponents.
Generally all IPL tournaments were held in India except 2009 edition due to the elections in the country. It was a wonderfully organized event in spite of being held away in another country. Due to the frosty relations between India and Pakistan, the players from neighboring country couldn’t participate as they did not get the visa.
Although IPL has been a grand success, ECB has locked horns with the entity because its season coincides with the county season. As a result the players are not free to participate and England wants to preserve its county cricket structure. In 2008, no English player could ply the trade in IPL except DMITRY MASCARENHAS however increasing number of players in England have voiced their opinion to play in the lucrative premier league.
Satellite TV deals:
DLF took the IPL under its care by sponsoring the event however tables turned when Pepsi stepped in to up the stake and offer 73 million dollars for sponsorship. It was by far the better bid and BCCI replaced DLF name from the primary sponsor’s list and included Pepsi into the fold. Likewise SONY en entertainment television signed a humungous contract with BCCI for 1 billion dollar to broadcast the matches exclusively across the nation as well as the globe.
Once the match starts, people can tune in on their television sets and watch scintillating shots of the batsmen and the balls disappearing out of the ground.
Play within the rules:
From outside IPL resembles a wild celebration of the Bollywood and Cricket razzmatazz; it is in fact an ideal platform for the domestic players to rub shoulders with the best cricketers of the world. A franchise must abide by the regulations prior to the selection of the players. For instance, players can only be hired through an open auction where all companies with participate in competitive bidding.
The upper limit for foreign players in the final playing 11 would be 4 as maximum focus is one the domestic cricketers.