The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has approved two additional teams for the Indian Premier League (IPL) from 2022 onwards. A decision in this regard was taken by the BCCI general body during the annual general meeting (AGM) held on Thursday in Ahmedabad.
While the majority of the stakeholders agreeing to the addition of the teams, some had raised concern that it will be trouble for the new franchises to build a competitive team within a short plan as only a few months are left for the IPL 2021. For the new teams, a fresh tendering and bidding process will have to be undertaken which is time-consuming.
Also, a 10-team IPL would mean that there will be 94 games, which require a two-and-a-month period that will affect the international calendar. It also means that the BCCI will have to ensure the availability of foreign players for a longer duration.
IPL team for Ahmedabad
Chances are that one of the additional teams will be from Gujarat’s Ahmedabad as a corporate conglomerate has expressed its interest in owning an IPL team. The other team could be from cities such as Lucknow, Kanpur or Pune.
Notably, IPL currently has eight teams—Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Some of the biggest names who seem to be interested in buying teams include business tycoons Gautam Adani and Sanjeev Goenka.
Inclusion in Olympic
BCCI has also decided to back the ICC’s bid for the inclusion of cricket, in the T20 format, in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics “after getting some clarifications from the International Olympic Committee”.
Also, it was decided that all first-class players, both men and women, will be suitably compensated for the curtailed domestic season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The BCCI plans to get the domestic season underway, after several months’ delay, in January with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championship.
Veteran Congress leader Rajiv Shukla was officially appointed BCCI’s vice president in place of his protege Mahim Verma from Uttarakhand.
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