Two new teams are likely to be added to the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the proposal in this regard will be taken up for discussion in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) annual general meeting scheduled on December 24.
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.
23 issues to be discussed during BCCI AGM
The board is also likely to discuss on the issue of inclusion of cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. This apart, it will also discuss on the election of the vice-president of the board.
In all, there are 23 issues that will be placed on the discussion table at the AGM.
Another important point will be the selection of BCCI’s representative to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Asian Cricket Council. It is expected that secretary Jay Shah will be the BCCI representative in the global committees.
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The appointment of three new selectors, along with a chairman of selectors, is also on cards given that cricket committees and standing committees are part of the agenda.
“Selection committee is a part of the cricket committee plus the technical committee also needs to be formed. They are all statutory subcommittees,” a senior BCCI source said.
Cricket featured at the 1900 Olympics and was played in the 1998 Commonwealth Games but has largely been absent from multi-sport events, which critics say has restricted the sport’s growth beyond its traditional pockets.
ICC, the governing body of the sport, backs the idea of the sport’s inclusion in the Olympics but the BCCI has been reluctant in this regard.
The agenda also includes a discussion on India’s future tours programme for 2021 and preparation with regards to organisation of next year’s T20 World Cup.
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