The Cricket Control Council in India (BCCI) has reportedly decided to wait at least another year before increasing the number of Indian Premier League (IPL) teams. Shortly after the IPL 2020 was concluded in November, several reports suggested that the BCCI would publish offers for two new teams.
Reports also suggested that the Indian Cricket Council would approve the new teams at the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 24. Cricbuzz reported that a notice on this matter had already been sent to BCCI affiliated units, signed by Secretary Jay Shah. However, according to the latest reports, the BCCI has finally decided not to introduce any new teams for IPL 2021.
According to The Times of India, the BCCI has decided to keep the number of teams at 8 for the 2021 season after which new offers will be invited for the addition of two more teams. The BCCI has now decided that a 10-team IPL can emerge from the 2022 season. The final decision will be made at the AGM.
“The BCCI could launch a tender in February, March or April – whenever it thinks the time is right. Adding new franchises, stakeholders say, will also add value to the 2021 edition once it becomes a topic of discussion. That’s the line of thinking at the moment, “ these follow-up developments told TOI.
No new team for IPL 2021 will be a big relief for BCCI as well as the other eight franchises that have reportedly been opposed to the expanding ideas from the start. The reason behind the relief is that no new team means no mega bidding until the coming season. BCCI will also have more time to sell the title’s sponsorship rights – which were sold to Dream 11 prior to the 2013 IPL which was played in the UAE.
“Two new franchises will obviously have their share of value during the call for tenders for media rights. Also, two other things: first, the central revenue pool for the 2021 season will not be diluted, which means the franchises will be happy; Secondly, once again 60 games will be played which means less double headers so the broadcaster will be happy ”. sources told TOI.