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Cricket fans around the world would not mind a mini-IPL, as long as it provides entertainment. Pictured: Cheerleaders perform during an IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 18, 2016.IANS

The IPL is an annual event watched by cricket fans all over the world, but one could witness another similar competition in September, albeit on a lesser scale. The BCCI are mulling a 'mini IPL' in September, with the competition set to be played overseas. If they manage to pull it off, BCCI will generate immense revenue.

In the past, when the IPL was not hosted in India for election reasons, the governing body have shifted the competition to South Africa and the UAE, and those venues proved to be a huge success. And for the mini IPL, if things go according to plan, one might witness the US hosting the mega event in September.

Most of the Test nations are not involved in series September, which has prompted the BCCI to think of a mini IPL. Such a tournament was always on the pipeline after scrapping of the Champions League T20 in 2014, which was a failure in terms of revenue, as most of the matches were played in front of fewer crowds.

"It can be a great testing ground for what is possible in terms of reaching out to the Indian fan base abroad. It can be made financially viable if a market like the US is explored. Frankly, if the broadcaster finds it appealing then a lot of things fall into place," Cricbuzz quoted The Times of India's source as saying.

If the plan goes ahead, cricketers all around the world will be busy with another mega competition, while cricket fans can enjoy the thrills and spills of another tournament. 

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