The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) can contest the Indian Premier League (IPL) with 9 teams in place of 10 from next season. Apart from this, a team from Gujarat can get a franchise. The reason for this is the construction of the largest Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad. Another reason for this is that the Indian Cricket Board currently lacks a window to host more than 90 matches. Due to ICC’s Future Tour Program (FTP), the BCCCI will approve the IPL tournament of 9 teams with a total of 76 matches played. For this, the existing window can be extended. Sources said, “Until a new FTP arrives in 2023, only nine teams can play in the tournament well.” This year, 8 teams participated in the tournament which includes Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, besides champions Mumbai Indians.The BCCI is considering a base price of around $ 300 million (around Rs 2000 crore) for the new franchise and it is not clear whether more than one venue will attract such investment.
The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) can contest the Indian Premier League (IPL) with 9 teams in place of 10 from next season.
Sources said, ‘There are investors and this is not the issue but do enough buyers come to the table where bidding can be a competitive process? For a franchisee? for two? Will be seen on this. ‘ The third reason is the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, being ready and may be available by March next year to host matches. For this stadium with a capacity of 1.1 lakhs, which will become the world’s largest cricket stadium, it does not mean that it does not have its own franchise. This can happen given the resources available for cricket in Ahmedabad and there. So, if the tender comes for the franchise, then obviously a lot of people will be in favor of it and it will set a standard for the future. BCCI has many other important issues before the inclusion of the 10th team. There is a different situation before the board regarding Kochi Tuskers, who are to be paid (by arbitration) over Rs 1500 crore. Arbitration with the ousted Deccan Chargers franchise, led by ICICI Bank, is in the final stages. Another arbitration terminated franchisee is with Sahara Warriors, based out of Pune. Sources said, ‘Will Kochi Tuskers be offered money or franchise? This is a great question. A decision on this is expected during the AGM to be held on 1 December. So far 12 editions of IPL have been played.