The IPL 2021 will be a big event for the BCCI and the Indian fans as it will mark the return of the extravaganza back in the country, after the previous edition in 2020 was held in the UAE across three cities and without fans in attendance.
The IPL 2021 may also be played without fans in the stadium, but it will take place in India across 6 cities- Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bengaluru. The tournament will begin on April 9 and the final will be played on May 30 in the largest cricket stadium in the world in Ahmedabad.
This edition will feature the eight franchises as they are, but as per reports, the auction for the two new franchises in the Indian Premier League will be done during the 2021 season in May.
Bidding Process And Finalization Of The New Franchises Will Be Completed By The Month Of May
As per reports, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and IPL and BCCI top brass met on March 13 regarding decisions approved by IPL governing council. Reports stated that one of the decisions made was that the two new IPL teams will be auctioned in May, during the upcoming IPL 2021 edition’s final stages.
“The 10 team IPL will roll on from next year and the bidding process and finalization of the new franchises will be completed by the month of May this year. Once the teams are finalized, they can start their operational work which takes considerable time,” senior BCCI source privy to the developments told PTI.
Earlier it was rumored that IPL 2021 would have seen the addition of one team to the existing eight and IPL 2022 will see the addition of one more team, making it a 10-team IPL. However, now it seems that the two teams will be added to the league in the 2022 edition. The last time IPL had 10 teams was in IPL 2011 when Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTT) and Pune Warriors (PW) were added to the mix.
The other time the IPL saw two new teams in the league was in 2016 and 2017 editions when Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions replaced Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who were suspended in the aftermath of the 2013 IPL fixing scandal.
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