BCCI to discuss adding two new teams to IPL – Reuters India

By Amlan Chakraborty, Sudipto Ganguly

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indias cricket board will think about adding 2 brand-new teams to the popular Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise-based tournament, according to the agenda of the governing bodys annual general meeting arranged to be held later this month.

A policeman strolls past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) throughout a governing council meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at BCCI head office in Mumbai April 26, 2010. Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi has actually been suspended, officials said on Monday, after graft allegations in crickets richest event captured top political leaders and Bollywood stars and strained the judgment union. REUTERS/Arko Datta/File PhotoThe IPL, which has an approximated brand worth of $6.8 billion, drew record television and digital viewership throughout its 2020 season amidst the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic.
” Approval on addition of 2 (2) brand-new groups to the Indian Premier League” was listed on the program seen by Reuters.
BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal informed Reuters that the AGM will be held at the end of December with Indian media reports saying the date of the conference has been fixed for Dec. 24.
The IPL currently has 8 franchises and its newest edition was kept in the United Arab Emirates without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

” We have been believing in regards to a 10-team IPL for some time now, and we d like to have two brand-new teams from 2021, if possible,” an IPL governing council member asking for privacy informed Reuters.
Local media has actually reported in the past that Indian conglomerates Adani Group and RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, which owned the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise for 2 IPL seasons, have actually shown interest in buying new teams.
Both business did not immediately respond to an ask for comment.
Throughout the AGM, the BCCI will likewise discuss its stand on the possible addition of cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

Cricket featured at the 1900 Olympics and was played in the 1998 Commonwealth Games however has mainly been missing from multi-sport events, which critics state has restricted the sports growth beyond its conventional pockets.
The International Cricket Council, the world governing body of the sport, backs the idea of the sports addition in the Olympics however the BCCI has actually been hesitant.
The BCCI, considered the worlds most effective and wealthiest cricket board, fears losing its autonomy and being answerable to the countrys Olympic committee if cricket signs up with other sports for the quadrennial Games.

Composing by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; modifying by Toby Davis

A cop walks past a logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during a governing council meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at BCCI head office in Mumbai April 26, 2010. Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi has actually been suspended, authorities said on Monday, after graft allegations in crickets wealthiest occasion ensnared leading political leaders and Bollywood stars and strained the ruling union. REUTERS/Arko Datta/File PhotoThe IPL, which has an estimated brand value of $6.8 billion, drew record television and digital viewership throughout its 2020 season in the middle of the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic.