Sanjeev Goenka, MS Dhoni
Sanjeev Goenka, MS Dhoni. (Photo: Twitter)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already confirmed its plans to introduce two new teams from the Indian Premier League’s 15th edition or IPL 2022. And now as per reports, Sanjeev Goenka, the owners of Rising Pune Supergiants, is interested in buying one of the two new franchises, which is expected to be based in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

The tender documents are likely to be available for purchase from September 21 to October 05 and the auction for the two new teams will take place post the conclusion of the T20 World Cup 2021. As per Cricbuzz, an auction for the two new IPL teams to be added next season will be held through a closed bidding process and the date is likely to be October 17.

Each bidder needs to have a net worth of at least 2500 crores and a turnover of 3000 crores. The base price of the teams has been kept at 2000 crores. Also, there are six cities available and these include Ahmedabad, Cuttack, Guwahati, Dharamsala, Indore, and Lucknow.

Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow
Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow (Image Credit: Twitter)

Out of these cities, Ahmedabad and Lucknow happen to be front-runners to have a team-based given that both cities have world-class cricket stadiums. Ahmedabad has the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, while Lucknow has the Ekana Stadium named after late Indian PM Bharat Ratna Sh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

RPSG Group’s Sanjeev Goenka Is Interested In Buying The Lucknow Franchise For IPL 2022

Now Cricbuzz has reported that RPSG Group’s Sanjeev Goenka is interested in buying the Lucknow franchise for IPL 2022. Goenka earlier owned the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise which played in IPL 2016 and 2017 and was captained by MS Dhoni and Steve Smith respectively.

Sanjiv Goenka
Sanjiv Goenka (Image Credit: Twitter)

Also, reports say, apart from the RPSG Group, the Adani Group is one of the major contenders to buy the Ahmedabad franchise in the Indian Premier League. A host of different business houses have shown interest in buying the two new franchises which the BCCI will add from the IPL 2022 onwards, making it a 10-team tournament.

The BCCI has also reportedly revealed some plans for a mega auction ahead of the new season to ensure all 10 teams get a fair shot at building their squads from the scratch. As per reports, BCCI is likely to allow only three retentions for the eight teams ahead of the 2022 season. The Right to Match (RTM) option might be scrapped from the auction.

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