In the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021), 9th IPL franchise can become a reality. The Board of Cricket Control of India is likely to release the tender for new franchise post Diwali week.
According to a report by TOI, it is yet to be decided whether tender for the new franchises will be limited to 1 team or more. Newspaper quoting a source wrote, “The tender is most likely to come after Diwali, once a decision is taken in this regard. And regardless of whether it’s one franchise or two, if new teams come in then a mega auction cannot be avoided,” sources said.
The report further says that BCCI top office bearers and the league’s governing council will meet in the next 3 days and take a decision on the way forward for the tender for the new franchise.
IPL 2021: Tender for new franchises, who are likely to bid?
The report claims that the Adani Group, the Tatas and the RPG-Sanjiv Goenka Group are keen to own a franchise in IPL. Leading banker Uday Kotak has also shown interest along with media entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala.
One thing is certain for now that whenever the new franchise is taken in IPL, Ahmedabad will be the new franchise.
As reported on Wednesday by InsideSport, inclusion of new franchise in IPL also means that now mega-auction is 100% certainty.
IPL 2021: IPL Mega player auctions certain in the month of January
IPL 2021 is mere 4 months away. Along with the tender for the new franchise, the biggest decision which BCCI has to take for IPL 2021 is how and when to conduct full-fledged player auctions for IPL 2021.
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The first indication coming from the BCCI camp is that full auction will be conducted for the IPL 2021 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 next 2-3 weeks according to a BCCI official who is currently in Dubai for the IPL finals.
“Time constraints are there but the full auction will be in the interest of everyone. IPL Governing Council will formally decide on this in next 2 weeks and communicate to everyone concerned”, said the BCCI source.
It is worth noting that BCCI earlier in 2019 had indicated that board will look to increase teams before full player auctions in 2020.
IPL 2021 Full player auctions will bring in relief for teams like Chennai Super Kings
After the IPL 2020 debacle, one team which is desperate to rebuild itself that is Chennai Super Kings. For them having full player auction will be a welcome relief. Even MS Dhoni during the post-match interview after playing the last league game of IPL 2020 stated that rebuilding the team will depend on what decision BCCI takes for the next players auction.
“We have to wait and see what BCCI decide on the next season’s player auctions”, Dhoni had said in reply to CSK’s rebuilding plans for IPL 2021.
Not only CSK, but teams like Rajasthan Royals, KingsXI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore according to a source also has indicated to the BCCI in informal discussion that they will welcome full player auctions for the next season.