The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be adding two new teams in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL 2022) 15th edition. The BCCI has already floated tender inviting bids for one of the two teams to be added next year.
BCCI has also put a base price of Rs 2000 crs for the two new teams of the Indian Premier League. Now, since two new teams will be part of the IPL 2022, the league games will certainly shoot up making it to a total of 94 matches. This is due to the fact that the matches in IPL are usually played on a home and away basis.
Cannot Have Home And Away Format And 94 Games In IPL: BCCI Official
However, BCCI is in a dilemma as they possibly cannot find a window to host 94 matches in one edition of the Indian Premier League. Therefore, it has been reported that the Indian board is going back to the format used in IPL 2011 when there were 10 teams in the league for the first and only time.
“We cannot have home and away format and 94 games, there is no window,” a BCCI official informed Cricbuzz.
In this format, every team will play against five teams on a home and away conditions and four others once each. This format will be able to preserve 14 league games and the total league matches would be 74, which will anyway be two less than the maximum number. Also, the BCCI has to honor their contract with broadcasters Star and the no of games will have to be under the specified limit.
Coming to the two new franchises, most of the people who know of the developments feel that Ahmedabad and Lucknow are the preferred venues for hosting the two new teams given that both have two new stadiums with big capacity respectively.
The Adani group of Ahmedabad has been said as an absolute favorite to enter the pool. . On the other hand, the RPSG group is also reported to be interested to buy one of the franchises. RPSG group previously owned the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise which reached the final of the IPL 2017.
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