Friday, October 06, 2006

Cricket moving to club format - gonna happen soon?

Google search threw up couple of slightly old interviews with BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi. Very interesting...

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

"Modi also said a national inter-city league and a Twenty20 tournament, in which each side plays 20 overs, would be launched in the 2006-07 season.

'The inter-city league will be on the lines of the Premier Football League (of England), and we will have separate television, merchandising and grounds right for that,' he disclosed, and added it would not be part of the rights that Nimbus holds.

'It will probably become the single largest revenue earner for the BCCI in the years to come, if we structure it right. It will also help us drive crowds back to domestic cricket and help build more stars.'

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Now to cricket. Do you see it eventually moving away from its nation-based structure to something like football, where the real interest lies in club rivalries?

Oh yes. It's gonna happen. The intercity cricket league is going to happen. My next big project which I'm going to announce. I'm still not ready for it because the game has evolved since the last time I developed it. It will be a home-and away concept. We hope to launch that by the end of the year.

He also talks about his earlier attempts to start an inter-city league almost a decade back which was scuttled by the then BCCI. This guy is smart, I tell ya.

No wonder he doesn't mind taking ICC on. He believes the domestic league will be the biggest revenue earner for BCCI, rather than this stupid international cricket.


Aslam said...

o matter how many international players come to play dmoestic cricket in India, it's international cricket, in the end, that will get people's attention. People won't fight over Goa vs Meghalaya. But they will go crazy when INDIA plays Pakistan.

Mohan said...

People don't go crazy over Manchester vs Chelsey? Sao Paulo vs Rio? Passion for cricket in India is atleast of same level, if not higher. We just haven't given it a serious try.

Samir Chopra said...

I think the inter-city league will take off depending on who plays, when it is staged, and where. With good pitches, well-run, comfortable stadiums (that have good amenities), and a star cast of players, there is no reason that inter-city cricket won't take off. In the Indian context, inter-city rivalry is even more pronounced than inter-state rivalry.