According to the recent reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in all willingness will be expanding the Indian Premier League (IPL) by adding two new franchises. However, BCCI will be approving the addition of the new franchises for IPL 2022. This means that only 8 teams will be expected to feature in the 2021 edition while the Indian board will invite fresh bids for the addition of two new franchises in the 14th edition of IPL.
This idea has been inspired by the fact that the BCCI hasn’t left with a lot of time before the commencement of the IPL 2021 in April-May 2021 and it would be difficult to take all the stakeholders and franchise owners in confidence along with inviting tenders and conducting mega-auctions cricket betting detailed guide.
As per the quotes in Inside Sports, one of the BCCI officials said, “Time is too short for the introduction of the new teams for IPL in 2021. Tendering, players auction and most importantly getting all the stakeholders on the same page will be really challenging in short-time span. We are of the view, any addition to the team should only happen for IPL 2022.”
He further added, “Our broadcast rights deal with Star will end by IPL 2021. After the end of the cycle we should introduce new teams so that the broadcast rights and other commercial partnership values can be increased. Final decision now will be taken in AGM only and according to me the plan to increase teams will be shelved this year.”
Another BCCI official stated that conducting a tournament having approximately 94 games will be a task in itself considering the health situation in India owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Also, BCCI will present the proposal of expanding the tournament in the AGM meeting to be held on December 24th.