Two new franchises will be added to the roster of the Indian Premier League (IPL) from the 2022 edition, and then the tournament will be played between 10 teams. The governing body of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) ratified the entry of the two new teams during its Annual General Meeting in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Currently, the IPL is an eight-team affair.
In another major development, the BCCI also backed the International Cricket Council’s bid to have cricket included in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. The ICC will be considering including the T20 format in the 2028 Olympics. The BCCI secretary and treasurer will also speak to the government on tax exemption to host the ICC T20 World Cup in 2021 and the ODI World Cup in 2023.
The BCCI also plans to get the domestic season underway, after several months’ delay, in January with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championship. The Indian cricket board also decided to terminate the employment of General Manager KVP Rao in its AGM. They are also in the process of appointing three selectors for the national team. Former Indian fast bowler, Ajit Agarkar is among the candidates.
In 2020, the IPL was postponed from March to October due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament finally was organized in the United Arab Emirates, due to the high number of cases in India. Mumbai Indians won their record-extending fifth IPL trophy after registering a thrashing win over Delhi Capitals in the final in Dubai.
Before the AGM, BCCI secretary Jay Shah registered an easy win over his boss on Wednesday as his team outplayed board president Sourav Ganguly XI by 28 runs in a friendly cricket match played at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.