A fresh tender will be floated for the next IPL and people for several quarters are vying for the two new teams the BCCI is putting in place of the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals.
Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president T.C. Mathew said that the tenders would be floated soon after the annual general meeting (AGM) to be held in Mumbai on November 9.
“There is no doubt that there would be a good number of applications as it has been decided to select two new teams to replace Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals who remain suspended for two years,” said Mathew.
“There would be eight teams, including the two new ones for the 2016 and 2017 editions and after that there would be an overhaul and the total number of teams from 2018 would be ten,” said Mathew, who is also the president of the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA).
In the 2011 edition two new teams were inducted, Kochi Tuskers and Pune Warriors, but Kochi was soon dropped following the non-payment of bank guarantee after differences of opinion that between the owners of the team before the 2012 edition, while the Warriors pulled out after the 2013 edition.
The team from Kerala is expected to gather the highest bid as the state capital now has a brand new International Cricket Council (ICC) certified Greenfield Stadium and any sporting activity, especially Cricket and Football brings massive crowds.
The Indian Super League matches in Kochi attracted over 60,000 people, therefore all eyes will be on Kerala when the BCCI tender is floated.
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