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Two new teams likely to join for IPL 2021

The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) has called for Annual General Meeting on December 24th. The proposal to increase two teams for the Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL 2021) will be formally floated for the approval of the house. An approval will be taken from the representatives of all the state associations for the inclusion of two new teams in the said meeting on Dec. 24th.

According to reports, one thing is certain now that Ahmedabad city will be included in the IPL roaster before anyone else. The names of Lucknow / Kanpur, Pune will come for discussion if the BCCI AGM decides to increase more than 1 team for IPL 2021 or IPL 2022.

Reportedly, Adani Group owned by Gautam Adani and RPSG owned by Sanjeev Goenka will be the biggest contenders for the 9th IPL team. Adani’s in past have openly declared their interest in owning the IPL team. With Ahmedabad now boasting of the biggest cricket stadium in the country, their interest will grow manifolds.

On the other hand, Goenka had owned IPL team in the past as an owner of Rising Pune Supergiants for two years and will surely throw their hat in the ring when BCCI comes out with tender.

Other than Adani and Goenka – South India’s top actor Mohanlal along with one of the big business house based out of Southern India is reportedly interested in owing the IPL team. He was recently seen in IPL 2020 in UAE hobnobbing with BCCI officials.
The BCCI is yet to officially announce how and when the tenders for the new team will be released. In case BCCI goes ahead with their plans, they will also have to have to prepare themselves for the Mega-Auctions (Full-fledged player auctions) for IPL 2021. According to the sources in BCCI, the board has now informed the teams that the decision in regard to the new team and Mega-Auctions will be taken post AGM.

“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 3-4 weeks and communicate to everyone concerned”, said the BCCI source.
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.

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