After various speculations for close to two months now, BCCI has made an official statement regarding the future structure of Indian Premier League (IPL). This announcement came after BCCI's Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was held at Ahmedabad today.
BCCI has approved additional two teams for IPL but this inclusion will come into effect from 2022 season of the cash-rich league. Next year's season will be played with 8 teams as usual. This will also mean that there won't be any Mega auction for the upcoming IPL season in 2021. Although, mini-auction for the season is expected in the month of February. There is no official announcement regarding the date of this auction but BCCI is expected to make that clear as well very soon.
So after BCCI's decision to include two new teams from the year 2022, cricket fans have been indulged in discussions about which are the contenders for these new teams. Another important decision that BCCI took was to limit one IPL team per state. That would mean that no more teams from Delhi, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Telangana and Rajasthan. Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Kochi, Vizag are front-runners for potential two teams which would make Indian Premier League even more bigger and will provide more opportunities to young talents of India.
Another important agenda on the list was about Cricket's inclusion in upcoming Olympic events. Although BCCI was positive about potential addition in Los Angeles Olympics in 2028 but they have decided to take up some of the points to ICC. These discussions will mainly revolve around financial revenues from Olympic events. A decision on this will be taken in early 2021 in BCCI special general meeting.