Two IPL tournaments in an year?

Published: Sunday, May 24, 2009, 17:05 [IST]
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Modi hints at two IPL events a year

Durban: IPL boss Lalit Modi has said that 20 tournament could be held twice a year, once in India and a shorter version overseas.

"The IPL will be based in India, but the second season (of a year) we are planning gives us the chance to see if a market exists and we are seriously looking at what we can do with it," he told the Daily Telegraph.

Mr Modi had been encouraged by the response from fans in South Africa, where the IPL was shifted for the 2009 season due to concerns over security as the competition clashed with general elections in India.

"We have turned the challenges and adversities in moving to South Africa into an opportunity," he said. "It is the fans who determine if you are successful or not and they have come out in force here. It has shown that the tournament can be in any region, in any country. This opens up many different opportunities for us."

The USA, where the ICC has advised cricket officials to install an IPL-style Twenty20 league, is one of the countries Modi considers a potential host. "America throws up challenges but the format we have developed works," he said. "Apart from watching great cricket they have an enjoyable evening out. That will work anywhere."

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