There was a lot going about BCCI adding a team or two in the next seasons of the Indian Premiere League. Finally, we have some official information coming in as the central board has approved IPL with 10 teams from the year 2021.
In the Annual General Meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) held on Tuesday in Ahmedabad, the addition of two new teams to the league was approved after many speculations.
Reports that had floated earlier claimed that one or two new franchises could be added ahead of the 2021 IPL. However, next year’s will have no changes in the team number as such.
The new franchises will be added only ahead of the 2022 IPL. Details regarding the process of bidding for the two have not yet been confirmed.
The BCCI will have to coordinate with the ICC in this scenario because they will be responsible to make sure that they can find a two-month window to hold the tournament, with as many as 94 games set to take place. The international calendar in 2022 will undoubtedly be disturbed as a result.
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No Mega-Auction to be held before 2022
It is pretty obvious that the addition of two new teams will unfold a lot of changes in all the teams and a new auction has to be conducted for the lack of biasness and to ensure proper competition.
Many of the current IPL franchises reportedly felt that adding two teams to the 2021 IPL would be a hasty decision, with not enough time left for teams to scout players and build their rosters.
For these reason, the mega-auction will now take place in 2022 instead and teams can retain the majority of their players for the 2021 edition, which is expected to begin in April next year.
“There are a lot of modalities that needs to be discussed and most of the stakeholders feel that with IPL being held in April, there is very little time for a mega auction and to have a uniform retention policy, agreeable to all the existing franchises,” a BCCI official told PTI.
Now, the venues for the IPL 2021 still remains a issue of doubt but India definitely remains as the favourites. Of course, UAE beig the second most feasible option.
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