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BCCI to put tender plans for new IPL teams on hold

May 17, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has put a hold on the tender plans for the two new Indian Premier League teams. BCCI claimed that the two new IPL teams would be auctioned in May during the forthcoming IPL 2021 edition's final stages. A senior BCCI member stated that 10 IPL teams would roll on from next year. The bidding process and finalization of the new teams will be completed by the month of May this year. Once the IPL franchises are finalized, respective teams can start their operational work, which takes considerable time. However, now the BCCI had unveiled plans to introduce two new teams in IPL 2022 considering the COVID-19 situation. IPL 2021 had to be postponed as different COVID-19 breaks arose in the bio-secure bubble of a few IPL teams.

BCCI currently focusing on how to complete the 14th IPL season

The Indian cricket board is currently focusing on how to complete the IPL 2021 season. The league had to be suspended after playing 29 matches. Due to COVID-19 cases among players, coaches, and support staff, the officials decided to suspend the league. There are still 31 games remaining to be played in the IPL 2021. Thus, the BCCI is looking for a new window to complete the remaining matches and schedule. BCCI is primarily looking for a September window to host the remainder of the IPL matches. 

Since the league's suspension, several possible options emerged to host the remainder of the competition. Considering the Indian cricket team will be traveling to the UK for the WTC final and the England series, the UK has become one of the front-runners to host IPL 2021. A couple of other counties have also written to the England and Wales Cricket Board expressing their desire to host the tournament. According to several sources, several English county clubs, including Surrey, Warwickshire, and Lancashire, expressed their willingness to host the remaining IPL games in September. Sri Lanka Cricket is also keen to host the remainder of the 14th IPL season.

A delay in the tender for the two new IPL teams will ultimately put interested parties on the backfoot. Setting up an IPL team requires considerable effort. Thus, the Indian board would hope that the entire process gets accomplished as soon as possible.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh