Before few days BCCI has announced that they are planning for Mini IPL and today BCCI has shortlisted 2 places for Mini IPL. U.A.E. and North America.
Final decisions will be taken in 2-3 weeks, this news confirmed by TOI source.
Before few days it was in news that too many T20 Cricket may harmful for players and BCCI are not organizing Mini IPL this year.
But today BCCI are in mood to start Mini IPL from this year. Indian Players have more cricket this year. India have test matches in this year so it was rumor that Mini IPL may cancel this year.
Mini IPL is a replacement of Champions League which was scrapped off last year due to lack of interest of the public. Empty stands and low TRP’s were a regular part of Champions League. The tournament was more of a liability than an asset.
Mini IPL will be held somewhere around September when Indian team will come back after wrapping up the West Indies tour.
Still, a final decision regarding tournament format, fixtures, the number of matches, availability of players, the number of teams is yet to be taken but we will see BCCI coming up with the final model of the league anytime soon.
U.A.E. has earlier hosted few matches of IPL in the year 2014 when the security forces in India showed its incapability to prove security for the IPL due to General Elections of 2014.
A total number of 20 matches were played in U.A.E. before the tournament returned to the home country.
Currently, U.A.E. is the home ground for Pakistan cricket team and hosts all its matches.
So IPL may be hosted in North America and because of that cricket may expand in America.