The T20 season has just started in the Indian subcontinent. The India vs England series has been garnering a lot of attention due to the players who are part of the series and the T20 World Cup is just around the corner. The Indian Premier League 2021 will start on 9 April. All the cricket boards have allowed their players to be part of the IPL this year as the World Cup is scheduled to be played in India later in the year.
IPL will be a good hunting ground for the overseas players to get accustomed to the subcontinent pitches. Mumbai Indians are the defending champions, and look favourites this year as well. There have been confirmed reports about BCCI adding two new IPL teams in May. The IPL last had 10 teams in IPL 2011, where Kochi Tuskers and Pune Warriors played.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced that they will auction two new IPL teams in May. The president , Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah held a meeting with other board members on Saturday.
“The 10 team IPL will roll on from next year and the bidding process and finalisation of the new franchises will be completed by the month of May this year. Once the teams are finalised, they can start their operational work which takes considerable time.” said BCCI official to PTI.
When the news first broke out in the meida, it was stated that RP Sanjeev Goenka Group and Adani Group were interested in bidding for an IPL team.
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Earlier the report stated that the BCCI is looking to add just one team for next year which will make a total of 9 teams in IPL 2022. With 8 tams, the tournament gets stretched to around 1.5-2 months. With 2 new teams from 2021, tournament’s time frame is set to be increased.
It will also be a matter of concern if the overseas players will be available for the extended period. The IPL commitee will have to change the pattern of league matches to cut-short the tournament that will make sure that the teams have top-players and the tournament will be interesting.
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