The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCBai) may approve participation of 10 teams in the Indian Premier League at the annual general meeting (AGM) to be held in Ahmedabad on Thursday. However, it will be implemented from 2022 in place of the upcoming season (2021). The issue of including the new IPL franchise will be the most prominent in this meeting to be held in Ahmedabad.
It has been learned that most of the stakeholders believe that it would be a hasty decision to have 9 or 10 teams in 2021. This would give the new franchisees very little time to form a competitive team.
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A senior BCCI official said on condition of confidentiality, ‘There are many ways in this matter that need to be discussed. Most of the stakeholders feel that there is very little time for auction before the IPL to be held in April.
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He said, ‘You have to order the tender and prepare the bidding process. If two teams win the bid by the end of January or the beginning of February, they should be given time for the auction, which may be held in March. In such a situation, there will be very little time to plan for a new franchise.
Ten teams will host 94 matches in the IPL, which will require about two and a half months, which can lead to chaos in the international cricket calendar. Along with this, availability of top foreign players should be ensured for the entire duration of the IPL.
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The broadcast amount is 60 matches per year which will need to be renegotiated. Star India currently pays Rs 16,347.50 crore for the period between 2018-2022 and is for 60 matches per year. Gautam Adani and Sanjeev Goenka (owners of former franchisee Rising Pune Supergiant) are some of the biggest names interested in buying the teams.