The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) ended on Tuesday night and work on the IPL 2021 has already started. In 4 months from now, the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) will have to conduct the 14th edition of the IPL. The preparations have already begun.
Here we take a look at the top five changes that will be seen in IPL 2021
Revamped teams: BCCI is likely to conduct full auction the IPL 2021 and it will take place either at the end of December or first week of January. According to the information available with InsideSport, BCCI has informally discussed the matter with franchises as well. The final decision in this regard will be taken in the next 2-3 weeks. In such a scenario, all the franchises will be reshuffled and fans will get to see revamped teams in IPL 14.
Return of crowd: IPL 2020 in UAE had all the thrill, action, drama but what it missed was the presence of crowd in the stadiums. With IPL 2021 set to take place in India, the fans will be allowed in the stadium with proper guidelines and that will not only generate more revenue but will boost the confidence of players as well.
Motera Stadium to host games: Recently, the Motera Stadium in Gujarat underwent a renovation which increased the capacity to 110,000, making it the largest stadium as per capacity. Good news is that the revamped stadium in Ahmedabad is set to host IPL matches next year. Also, IPL 2021 could feature a ninth team and that could be from Gujarat with Motera being their home ground.
Some players won’t be around: Some of the big names in IPL won’t be there in next edition. For example, CSK stalwart Shane Watson recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, which means he won’t play in IPL 2021. Likewise, many aged players like Harbhajan Singh, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Imran Tahir might not play in next IPL or may fail to find a team in auction.
New Sponsor: Dream11 replaced Vivo as the title sponsor for the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) after the BCCI’s five-year deal signed with Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Vivo in 2018 was suspended thsi year due to the ongoing tensions between the two countries.
However, Dream 11 will not stay on board for the next two seasons after its conditional three-year proposal was rejected due to “low” bid amounts for 2021 and 2022. Hence, the cricket board will seek new title sponsor for the next season.