The IPL in 2018 is set to get bigger with the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. This was confirmed by the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri that currently suspended teams will be making a return to IPL in the next edition.
The two teams are currently serving a two-year suspension imposed on them by BCCI. Both teams had failed to give financial clearances due to which they were handed two-year bans. The void left behind by the teams was filled by Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions. As reported by Dainik Jagran, Johri stated, “The ban on Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will be lifted next year. Therefore, both teams will return in the next edition of the IPL. The BCCI is in no mood to increase the number of teams in the IPL. Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will replace Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions in the next edition of the IPL. To increase the popularity of IPL in small towns and cities, fan parks will be created in such areas. Every match of the IPL is viewed by 20 lakhs people online.”
As far the player auction is concerned, sources have reported that fresh auctions will take place next year with all players going under the hammer. There might be no provision to retain the players for the franchise.