'Two sets of teams may be the way forward'

There will be 94 matches in all, the tournament is set to spill over to beyond 60 days and therefore, the demands on the players will increase manifold even if the restriction of no more than 14 matches per player per season comes into effect.

“It all depends on how the franchisees look upon it and how the teams look at it,” said former Indian skipper Anil Kumble, currently masterminding the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s campaign. “Maybe you will have two sets of teams which will play different games. Possibly that will be the way forward, but I am not sure as it’s too early for me to think of it.

“Let’s not talk about the next IPL. We have just started this IPL, which is what 10 days old. Yes, it’s a long tournament, 45 days, and going forward, it’s going to be even longer.”
Like many others, Kumble also reflected on a window for the tournament. “You need to get a clear window -- more teams, more matches means you require a larger pool of players, which means there will be an opportunity for at least another 14 Indian players.

“Having said that, more number of matches means you need to be up for it in terms of physical fitness and ensure that you finish the tournament without any injuries, which is very unlikely because when you play so many matches, there are bound to be certain injuries. It all depends on international calendars and how each one can fit in. For me, I don’t see any problem since I only play the IPL!” he smiled.

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