There has been talks of the addition of two new franchises to be part of IPL ever since this year’s IPL got over. The world’s largest cricket stadium in terms of capacity that was completed in Ahmedabad further enhanced the possibility of new IPL teams.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the BCCI is set to take place on the 24th of December and the main agenda of the meeting is believed to be the discussion around the inclusion of 2 new teams. The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly will be heading the meeting along with secretary Jay Shah and IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel.
As mentioned in our various reports earlier, Ahmedabad seems to be the main candidate as a host city for one of the 2 teams and other options considered are Pune, Kanpur, Lucknow.
The secretary of the Assam Cricket Association (ACA), Devajit Lon Saikia has proposed for the city of Guwahati to be added as one of the new teams in the upcoming IPL. However, the BCCI is unlikely to agree to it.
A senior BCCI official was quoted saying –“Teams are not granted to any state associations. BCCI AGM may approve the inclusion of 1 or 2 teams for the next edition. Inclusion of Guwahati in the list of potential cities at this stage is unlikely.”
Another BCCI official spoke about the possibility of the new teams being introduced only in the 2022 IPL edition because there's less time to plan all the mega auction and fixtures.
Another important point to be noted is that there’s state election to be held in Tamil Nadu so the fixtures have to be well planned for CSK team and more home matches because of 2 new teams will cause additional problems during the summer months of April and May 2021 when the IPL is usually held.
“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.