IPL 2023: Scott Styris in favour of expansion of Indian Premier League
IPL 2023: Former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris on Friday expressed his support for the Indian Premier League‘s two-month slot in the new cycle of Future Tour Programs.
The Men’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) 2023–27, which confirms the international schedule for all Full Members across all three formats of the game, was issued by the International Cricket Council on Wednesday. The 2023–2027 FTP cycle will have 777 international games overall, including 173 Tests, 281 ODIs, and 323 T20Is, as opposed to the 694 in the current cycle.
“I remember 10 years ago the conversation was all around how it was going to creep four or five days each year and it will get to a three-month season. Well, we are starting to get there now. It is just taking a little longer than we expected, and I think you are right. I think it will become the focal point that will allow all the players from all over the world to come together and play without any issues from a nationality perspective. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. I was in favour of it 10 years ago and I’m in favour of it now,” said Styris on Sports 18 show ‘Sports Over The Top’.
Styris explained that the reason why India, England, and Australia are playing so many more series and matches during the current FTP cycle is because they are three powerful teams who bring in a lot of revenue for the game.
“But you know, it is very, very tough thing to have a meaningful competition when teams play different amounts of games. Think about the English Premier League. Football’s big in India. You know you do not see Man United play Liverpool five times and yet Burnley plays West Ham just once. You know it is an even playing field. Everybody plays everybody the same amount of time. So in a perfect world, I would love to see that being the case. But sometimes money talks and therefore those big marquee teams need to play,” he added.
Before hosting the ODI World Cup in 2023, India will compete in 27 ODI games.
In the meanwhile, Men in Blue will compete in a 5-match Test cycle against Australia and England. From August 18, 2022, to February 20, 2027, India will play 44 Tests, 63 ODI, and 76 T20I.
In this cycle, England will play the most Tests with 22. India will play 20 Tests throughout this time, while Australia plays 21.
Styris also discussed the game’s 50-over format’s future.
“Yeah, that is a tough one. This one I have not really worked out in my head. And the reason for that is I really enjoyed one-day cricket. I felt it was a mixture of power which I like in terms of cricket. I think that just allows itself to fit in with other sports around the world. Power, speed, you know, strength all of those things, stamina, agility, all of that kicks in as well as the traditional cricket where there is the rotation of the strike. There’s outthinking opposition. There are all of those aspects. It was the best of both worlds,” he said.
“So, I would love to see it continue. And I would love to see it still have meaning, not just at the World Cup. But then again, we have just talked about how so much cricket is now in the calendar. How do you fit it all in?” he added.