IPL 2022 will not be a 10-team affair; BCCI only wants one franchise: reports

IPL 2022 was set to be a 10-team tournament after the December AGM. However, BCCI’s plans to introduce two teams in the near future may take time and it may not happen now, according to reports. The news comes as a surprise after all the drama that has unfolded around the 2022 10-team IPL and the change in plans for BCCI is believed to be due to a number of reasons, especially business reasons.

IPL 2022; image credits:[AFP]

The main idea behind the decision to introduce two new franchisees was the popularity of the tournament in India and the longer the tournament goes on, the revenues are expected to increase as well. Although the structure of 10 teams Indian Premier League is very complicated with the programming of the 94 matches, but the possibility remains intact and could take place in the future.

The IPL 2022 in nine teams seems more feasible:

A concurrent bid may have a cap on the upper limit of the offers offered if it allows maximum value for each franchise and therefore a nine-team IPL would give the best estimate needed to come together for the 10-team tournament in the future. A nine-team IPL comprising 74 matches is also more feasible at the moment and seems more comfortable according to BCCI.

IPL 2022
IPL 2022; image credits:[BCCI]

There are only two seasons left before the IPL rights cycle the changes and therefore the introduction of a 10th team might not help the structure now. The existing setup was built the right way and BCCI doesn’t want to mess it up just yet.

Industry leadership welcomed BCCI’s change in plans, citing:All in all, this is a well thought out gesture. BCCI will clearly benefit in the short and long term as it will derive better value from the 10th franchise in the future, not really disrupting the ecosystem, for now, buy them more time to tidy up in their own home.

He also added that “The idea is also to maintain the quality of the tournament, which means that quality cricketers are available to build a pool of 10 teams. Now is this the case? The ecosystem can only develop according to talent and workforce. This balance must exist.

Now all eyes will be on the official confirmation from BCCI for the same. It should be noted that the BCCI has not officially confirmed all the rumors circulating.

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