IPL 2020: BCCI plans Power Player; Governing Council meets in Mumbai

This will be the first governing council meet of the Indian Premier League (IPL) since the new BCCI apex council was elected on October 23.

The meeting will be chaired by Brijesh Patel, the former India cricketer.   -  Prashant Nakwe

The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council members will meet at the BCCI headquarters on Tuesday to discuss the road map for next year’s tournament.

This will be the first governing council meeting, since the new BCCI apex council was elected on October 23. Contrary to speculations, it has been learned that BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly will not be part of the meeting and it will be chaired by Brijesh Patel, the former India cricketer. The other two members are Khairul Jamal Majumdar and Surinder Khanna. Rahul Johri, the Board’s CEO, is also likely to attend the meeting.

“With the IPL auction scheduled to be held in Kolkata next month, the idea is to take stock of things and come up with a road map for next season’s league. The planning has already started and we need to execute them properly,” one of the BCCI officials told Sportstar.

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There are talks that from next year, the IPL could introduce a new ‘Power Player’ concept — where the teams will be allowed to substitute a player at the fall of a wicket or at the end of an over at any point in the game. However, the Board officials refused to divulge details, claiming that it’s ‘still in the planning stage’. “The idea is to ensure that the tournament becomes exciting, so there have been proposals of introducing ‘Power Player’. Nothing is finalised yet,” an official said.

Unique concept

The ‘Power Player’ is an unique concept where the teams will announce 15 players instead of final 11 and a player ‘can be substituted’ at either the fall of a wicket or at the end of the over at any point in the game.

“We are exploring all the options and decision will be taken over the course of time. The idea is to make the tournament fan-friendly, and we will take every suggestion into consideration,” the official said.

The franchises, however, haven’t been invited for the meeting.