BCCI is ready to approve two new IPL teams, However, from 2022, InsideSport reported that. The BCCI was a divided house on the feasibility of new teams for IPL 2021.
‘time is too short for the introduction of the new teams for IPL in 2021. Tendering, players auction and most importantly getting all the stakeholders on the same page will be really challenging in a short time span. We are of the view, any addition to the team should only happen for IPL 2022″, According to the BCCI officials.
“Our broadcast rights deal with Star will end by IPL 2021. After the end of the cycle, we should introduce new teams so that the broadcast rights and other commercial partnership values can be increased. The final decision now will be taken in AGM only and according to me the plan to increase teams will be shelved this year’, InsideSport reported.
“Ten teams will mean 94 matches in the home and away format. That implies a bigger window for the tournament, which may be tough given the current situation”, said another BCCI official.
It is learnt that in the forthcoming AGM on December 24th, BCCI though will approve the increase of two new IPL teams – the new teams will only be introduced in IPL 2022.
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The tenders for the new teams will be released either in the month of April or May 2021.
According to reports doing the rounds, Adani Group owned by Gautam Adani and RPSG owned by Sanjeev Goenka will be the biggest contenders for the 9th IPL team. Adani’s in past have openly declared their interest in owning the IPL team. With Ahmedabad now boasting of the biggest cricket stadium in the country, their interest will grow manifolds.
Goenka had owned IPL team in the past as an owner of Rising Pune Supergiants for two years and will surely throw their hat in the ring when BCCI comes out with tender.