Aakash Chopra has proposed a radical suggestion for future editions of the IPL. The cricketer-turned-commentator feels that the limit for foreign players in the eleven should be increased to five from IPL 2022 onwards.
IPL 2022 is slated to be a ten-team affair, with two new franchises added to the pool. The change will return the league to a ten-franchise competition for the first time since 2011, having been an eight-team event since 2014.
Speaking on ESPNCricinfo’s ‘Mute Me’ show, Aakash Chopra said he wants to see a change in the number of foreign players allowed in the eleven to ensure IPL competitiveness in the future.
“The IPL should allow five foreign players in the eleven to come next season when it has up to ten teams. The reason I say that is that quality has to be paramount. IPL has been successful, it has been the best T20 league in the world. world for a variety of reasons. A key element is the quality of the cricket played in the park, “explained Chopra.
Hard-fought matches and the unpredictable nature of the competition have become the hallmark of the IPL over the years. Since each team has a proven crop of national and international stars, either team can beat the other on any given day.
In an attempt to preserve the essence of the competition, Chopra feels that five foreign players on each IPL team will ensure that the quality of cricket is not affected by the expansion of the league.
“You can only guarantee it (IPL quality) if you have five players abroad now. Because it is good to have eight teams: seven Indians and four foreign players. Some teams are lucky to have a lot of Indians, but not most teams. So if you play five, you can keep the quality. Therefore, you won’t really feel the pinch. Because I feel that if there are only four abroad with ten teams, we will all feel the pinch that quality has dropped and that the IPL is no longer the competitive tournament that we are all fans of ”, concluded Chopra.
IPL could benefit from the five foreign players rule
With the quality of the Indian players improving minute by minute, many IPL franchises have several foreign players warming up the bench. The prospect of not being part of the eleven players during a long tournament like the IPL has led many foreign stars to opt out of the event in the past.
IPL 2021 saw proven international stars like Anrich Nortje, Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson warm up the bench. A ten-team IPL with the five-foreign-player rule will make the league more attractive to foreigners.
The two added teams will also ensure that many more Indians have their opportunities on the big stage, ensuring that the IPL motto of providing opportunities for young national talents remains intact.