IPL 2022 to have 10 teams; BCCI general body approves two new teams at AGM

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New Delhi: As expected, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to add two more teams to the Indian Premier League from 2022 edition at its Annual General Meeting in Ahmedabad. With the new additions, the tournament will now become a 10-team league.

In yet another major decision, that was along expected lines, BCCI has also decided to back the ICC’s bid for including the T20 format cricket, in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics “after getting some clarifications from the International Olympic Committee”.

According to new agency PTI’s report, at the BCCI AGM it was also decided all first-class players, both men and women, will be suitably compensated for halted domestic season in the wake of covid-19 pandemic.

To work out on the details of the two new teams will now be upon IPL Governing Council but reports have suggested that t the Adani Group and Sanjeev Goenka’s RPG (owners of the Rising Pune Supergiants) had shown interest in owning new teams.

The next edition of IPL is to be played in 2021, however, given the current pandemic situation, the venue and itinerary of the tournament can not be assured. With India grappling the worst surge of covid-19, IPL in 2020 was shifted to UAE for its smooth operations.

Two new franchise in the IPL would not only mean more games, but would also require the format of mega auctions to be changed. Therefore, the next edition of the IPL will only see usual eight teams and the decision to include new teams have been pushed to 2022.

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“There are a lot of modalities that needs to be discussed and most of the stakeholders feel that with IPL being held in April, there is very little time for a mega auction and to have a uniform retention policy, agreeable to all the existing franchises,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI.

Meanwhile, in other important decision, general body has also decided that Sourav Ganguly continues as a director in the ICC board.

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