The Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) on Thursday gave its approval for the addition of two new teams to the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting with the 2022 edition. There were several reports suggesting that the BCCI could add the two new teams next year only, but the Indian cricket council ultimately decided not to.
Ten teams are vying for the IPL title, this is nothing new, although it has only happened for one season in the past. In 2011, a total of ten teams participated after the now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Pune Warriors India were added to the tournament. Over the next two seasons, a total of nine teams competed before the tournament reverted to its original eight-team format from 2014.
Thanks to the final decision of the BCCI on the new teams, the 2021 season of the IPL will be played with the 8 regular teams, to the great relief of the franchises. All eight franchises are said to have declared themselves opposed to adding the new teams from 2021, as the mega auction would be mandatory. And with franchises not having enough time to prepare for the auction, they vehemently opposed expanding IPL. Next season’s auction will likely be a mini-sale.
“At this point, the 10-team IPL, if BCCI intends to conduct it in 2021, will be rushed as the bidding process and a mega auction will be difficult to organize in a short period of time. also short. It is right that the approval is taken and that the great tournament of 94 games takes place in 2022 ”. A senior BCCI official was quoted by India Today on the eve of the meeting.
In another big decision taken at the AGM, BCCI also expressed interest in pushing for the inclusion of cricket in the Olympics. There have also been discussions about the women’s cricket test, a call to be taken by the Board of Governors.