Last Update on: November 15th, 2020 at 01:21 pm
It has not been even a week since IPL 2020 ended but the BCCI has already planning for the next edition of the tournament. According to reports, the Indian cricket board is planning to expand the IPL by adding new teams to the tournament ahead of the next season.
The BCCI is planning to add new teams to IPL for quite some time now. It could bring tenders for the new team in the coming days. Reports suggested that the BCCI wanted to introduce the teams to recover for the losses incurred and would bring the tender after Diwali which was celebrated on Saturday.
The BCCI, on its part, has remained silent on the matter. However, Mumbai Mirror has reported that the franchises have been told there is a possibility of new teams being added to the tournament soon. The franchises are, however, not very supportive of the same as new team would make a mega auction mandatory. The franchises do not have enough time to plan for the auction since IPL 2021 is scheduled to be played in its usual slot.
Adani and Goenka interested:
The Mirror has also reported that Adani Group and Sanjiv Goenka Group are interested parties and might bid for the ninth team. A few others are also in the fray.
The report also added that there is speculation that two teams could be added – one in Ahmedabad and another in a Uttar Pradesh city of either Kanpur or Lucknow. Pune is also in the fray.
Sanjiv Goenka Group are not new to having teams in IPL. Previously, they had bought Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) for IPL 2016 and 2017. The team was introduced in the IPL along with Gujarat Lions after Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two years. MS Dhoni had led RPS in 2016 before Smith guided the team to the final in 2017.