I think the problem isnt going to be just IPL, now we have the KFC Big BAsh in Australia. The English have the EPL I think, BPL in BD, SLPL soon. SA already have a league so all these leagues are starting to fill up the international calendar.
I think you are missing a key aspect, the economics . why didn't SLPL happen? Big bash has a chance but as you pointed out it runs concurrent to the aus season. The rest of the leagues are non starters and don't have the economic muscle to affect international cricket
I don't like that international cricket has to be based around the IPL. It takes out a 2 month chunk out of the calendar now.
Technically it is ~6 weeks. If international cricket is so weak that it can't survive 6 weeks of domestic cricket during a time when weather is shitty just about everywhere for test cricket, toughshit for international cricket.
It doesnt really have to be that way though. For example, take the KFC Big Bash and the Australian summer of cricket. They ran in Parallel. Crowds were still there for both. It was a big test for CA but it paid off for them I think.
That is because aus economy is strong enough to support that. once again there are the haves and the have nots. how much of the Big bash revenue does cricket australia distribute to others?
At the end of the day this isnt really a player issue. Its a management issue. If the SLC can be a successful entity then they dont have to depend on the IPL money.
SLC is not depending on IPL money. they are depending on BCCI's money and if SLC messes with IPL, BCCI will ream SLC a new one Case in point IPL 4.
We can hate the IPL and India as much as we want but our board also depends on the money that comes from letting players play in the IPL. That is the problem specially for Sri Lanka.
If the board had money and they could pay the guys competitive salaries to all the players, on time, then the board can make its case and say, Pak tour is during the IPL, we expect you to play. Or Ban them, so if a player picks the IPL you can then say they picked money of country. At the moment that argument, at least for SL players, is mute.
But the reality is and will be until we sort out the financials, SLC needs our players to play in the IPL. Our players need to play in the IPL. And SL needs India tours to make money.
Give this man a CIGAR!
I don't know about you guys but I've only ever seen a couple of games of the IPL. It holds zero value to me. I don't have a team to support. It seems cheap, is too long, and the cricket isnt that good in general. The IPL will live on cuz they dont need outside vieweship. As long as Indians like it the IPL will survive. So I honestly do not expect any of this to change in the next 5 years.
Pretty good analysis there mate!
The ICC are really useless. If they wanted test cricket to matter they would have put the test championship in place. It was suppposed to start this year but they pushed it back to 2017. I honestly dont think it will start then either.
ICC is powerless. they need revenue from BCCI market to do anything worthwhile. unitl there is resemblance of economic balance the situation is to going to change. Test championship was postponed becos ICC wanted to take over test tv contracts. ECB, CA and BCCI said no way. see here about why the test championship was cancelled
If the rest of the boards really care about cricket so much, why do they want tv contracts and revenue rearranged?