BCCI Increases Talks about Two New IPL Franchises for Next Season

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is expected to raise the talk of the speculated new franchises for the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The BCCI, led by President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah, along with the IPL Board of Directors; has done a phenomenal job of effectively conducting the 13th edition of the IPL in the UAE against the threats faced by the covid-19 virus. Mumbai Indians captured their fifth IPL title – two on a trot – as the season ended on 10 November in Dubai.

The governing body is now able to look forward to the next season. Ganguly suggested earlier that BCCI plans to hold a mega-event in India itself next year; and within the usual March-April-May window. It is also speculated that one or two new franchises will be added for the 2021 season.

Ahmedabad is the favourite for one of the brand-new teams; the recently constructed Motera Stadium with a capacity of over 100,000 crowds is the main explanation for this. These matters will be explained further after the General Meeting of the BCCI (AGM) which is scheduled for 24 December.

BCCI states about the shortage of time

The Secretary of the Assam Cricket Association (ACA), Devajit Lon Saikia, has suggested that the City of Guwahati be admitted to the IPL as a new team. However, it is unlikely that the BCCI would commit to this. It is expected that, apart from Ahmedabad, one of Pune, Lucknow, and Kanpur will be the other side of the tournament.

A senior BCCI official stated that the teams are not granted to any state associations. BCCI AGM may approve the inclusion of 1 or 2 teams in the next edition. Ahmedabad is going to be one of the towns; other cities like Pune, Lucknow, Kanpur can also be included in the list. It is doubtful that Guwahati will be included in the list of possible cities at this point.

The official also pointed out that the time to plan for the addition of two or even one new team is much shorter for the IPL 2021. As a result, the 2022 season is more likely to see a new team than the next season.

“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,″ a BCCI official stated.

“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”, another BCCI official added.