The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has put plans on hold.
The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) currently suspended IPL plans to 10 proposed teams. The board was set to launch two new teams in 2022 with a mega auction slated for the 15th season. However, the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on hold as BCCI currently wants to complete the 2021 tournament, which has been postponed indefinitely to May 4, 2021.
The IPL was going smoothly with 29 games completed before the game between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders was called off due to two players from the KKR camp testing positive for the virus. Both players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier broke bio-bubble standards and came to the scene without serving the quarantine period.
BCCI is looking for a window to complete the remaining 31 games with a host of countries such as the United Arab Emirates, England, Australia and Sri Lanka offering a helping hand to help complete the remainder of the tournament.
BCCI is in no rush to set up a 10-team tournament
“It’s not even time to talk about the news IPL teams at this point. We first have to decide on the way forward for the suspended season, then only decisions can be made on the new teams for the IPL 2022. No discussion on this is taking place at this stage at the BCCI ”, said the official quoted by InsideSport.
“We don’t see any time on this until July. We cannot give a timeline at this stage. As I said, no discussion on this subject is currently taking place at the BCCI, ”he added.
Earlier, it was stated that the board wants the two new teams to be finalized by this month to give the franchises enough time to prepare for the 2022 season. Those plans have now been pushed back, although he will be holding a mega player auction next year to give all teams a fair chance to strengthen their squad.