New Teams in IPL 2021? There have been plenty of talks around IPL new teams for quite some time now. The next edition of IPL is slated to take place in March-April, although Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are working extra due to less time for preparation.
BCCI is to decide whether to go ahead with IPL mega auction, along with decision on the venues and IPL 2021 schedule. As far as new IPL teams are concerned, it might just be postponed to 2022.
“Time is too short for 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 short-time span. We are of the view, any addition to the team should only happen for IPL 2022,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying to InsideSport.
“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. Final decision now will be taken in AGM only and according to me the plan to increase teams will be shelved this year,” the official added.
“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,” the official stated.
BCCI will discuss these agendas during the Annual General Meeting, set to take place on December 24. For more IPL 2021 news, click here