The rising success of the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) staged in the UAE even in Covid-19 times and the recent plunge of finances within the Indian Cricket board (BCCI) due to economic recession has meant that the BCCI has decided to ultimately reintroduce 10 teams in the IPL from the next edition.
As per the agenda for BCCI’s AGM on December 24, notice of the apex cricket board on circulation, discussion and approval to introduce and float two more teams for the IPL from the coming 2021 season has been put in place.
While the venues for the upcoming edition of the IPL are likely to be decided, it is almost certain that Sardar Patel stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad will be the ninth venue for the IPL. There is an increasing consensus that one amongst the cities of Uttar Pradesh — Kanpur or Lucknow will be auctioned to interested parties at a designated date.
As per sources, Adani group has already given their interest to take up the compete stake while Goenka group, Hero group and two other corporate giants have shown their interest in picking up the franchise.
It may be noted that Ahmedabad stadium is the largest stadium in the world with a staggering 1.10 lakh capacity and was recently touted to host the 2020 final before the tournament itself was hosted abroad.
Amongst other agenda on the AGM is appointment and ratification of three new selectors, new vice president and discussions on the 2021 world cup.