Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels the Indian Premier League (IPL) is 'ready for expansion' as he said that if there are more teams, all the talented players could be fitted in. There are reports suggesting that the Board of Control for Cricket in India is keen on expanding IPL in the 2021 edition by adding a new team.
"From a cricketing talent perspective, we are ready for an expansion. There are some incredible young talents in India that are waiting for the opportunity at the big stage. We have seen it this year. We will see a lot of new faces coming up if they get an opportunity," Rahul Dravid said during the launch of A New Innings by Manoj Badale (the lead owner of Rajasthan Royals) and Simon Hughes on Friday.
"There are some real talents who are not getting opportunities to play in the eleven. We have seen some of the young Indian talents in this IPL. Being involved with the U-19 team, it has been fantastic to see so many of those young boys who have come on and established themselves not only for their state teams but also in the IPL," Dravid said.
Mumbai Indians claimed a record-extending fifth IPL crown by defeating Delhi Capitals in the final by 5 wickets on November 10 in Dubai. Rahul Dravid pointed out that the reason behind MI's success in the last few years is the maintenance of a core of high-quality players.
"What Mumbai Indians has done over the last four-five years is that they have maintained a really strong core of high-quality players and mix them up by identifying some really good talented players," Dravid added.
"In the past, when young players were looking for opportunities, they only got that from state associations - and could only play for Ranji Trophy for their state. Now in IPL, you can be from Karnataka and can play for Mumbai. A good example is if you are in a state association like Haryana, where they have some good spinners - Amit Mishra, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jayant Yadav.
Someone like Rahul Tewatia probably doesn't even get a chance in the T20 team. In the past that would have limited him from showing his talent. Today that does not stop him from playing in Royals," Dravid further said.