Former Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid backs IPL expansion

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is excited about extending the Indian Premier League in the 2021 version by adding another group. Previous India and Rajasthan Royals commander Rahul Dravid has sponsored the move.


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“From a cricketing talent perspective, we are ready for an expansion. There are some incredible young talents in India that are waiting for the opportunity at the big stage. We have seen it this year. We will see a lot of new faces coming up if they get an opportunity,” Dravid said during the dispatch of A New Innings by Manoj Badale (the lead proprietor of Rajasthan Royals) and Simon Hughes on Friday.

Dravid, who is currently the head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru feels that the expansion of more groups will open more windows for youthful weapons. “There are some real talents who are not getting opportunities to play in the eleven. We have seen some of the young Indian talents in this IPL. Being involved with the U-19 team, it has been fantastic to see so many of those young boys who have come on and established themselves not only for their state teams but also in the IPL,” Dravid said.


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Badale, who has been important for the IPL since 2008, accepts that a nine-group IPL can be a chance even in 2021. “The concept of the IPL has consistently imagined an extension from eight to at any rate 10 groups. It is anything but another theme. We have had new 10 groups previously and now, the IPL is getting greater. The expansion of establishments is unavoidable and it really is great,” he said.

While Rajasthan completed at the lower part of the table, Mumbai Indians secured its fifth title under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. Also, Dravid accepts the victory is a consequence of keeping up the center. “What Mumbai Indians has done over the last four-five years is that they have maintained a really strong core of high quality players and mix them up by identifying some really good talented players,” Dravid said.


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“They have been able to spot Jasprit Bumrah or Hardik Pandya at a young age. Then there is Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav. The ability to maintain a core of very experienced senior players – world class T20 players – and balance them out with young exciting Indian talents has been the key. They have been able to do that exceptionally well. They have got a good scouting structure in place – a lot of teams are doing it well.”

“Previously, whenever youthful players were searching for circumstances, they just got that from state affiliations – and could just play for Ranji Trophy for their state. Presently in IPL, you can be from Karnataka and can play for Mumbai. A genuine model is in the event that you are in a state affiliation like Haryana, where they have some great spinners – Amit Mishra, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jayant Yadav. Somebody like Rahul Tewatia presumably doesn’t get an opportunity in the T20 group. In the past that would have restricted him from indicating his ability. Today that doesn’t prevent him from playing in Royals,” added Dravid.

Dealing with the air pocket well

While the BCCI facilitated the current year’s IPL inside a bio-bubble, there is a likelihood that following year’s competition could likewise be played in a bio-secure climate. Badale accepts that it is critical to be touchy to the emotional well-being of the players inside the bubble. “The game’s regulators need to be very sensitive to the mental health impacts of the bio-secure environments. Initially I think everyone – players included – were just happy to be back playing,” he said.

“Be that as it may, delayed times of family seclusion, travel disengagement and social segregation are not practical. Similarly, players will be anxious about making themselves ‘unavailable’ as there is such a great amount of rivalry for place,” Badale said. Anyway, what’s the exit plan? “Clear rotational policies, breaks , and careful management of an over crowded calendar will be required,” he added.