It is reported that the 13th season of the Indian Premier League in 2021 could see a new entrant, thereby taking the number of participating teams to nine. In fact, it is not going to be the first time when there will be more than eight teams in the cash-rich tournament.
The IPL governing council had ten teams in IPL 2011 whereas the tournament saw nine teams in IPL 2012 and 2013. As per the report in Times of India, BCCI is contemplating a base price of USD 300 million (INR 2000 crore approx.) for the new franchise.
IPL with nine teams?
In fact, the plan to extend the league to 10 teams will have to wait till the end of the current Future Tour Programme 2023.
“Nine teams work well until a new FTP can fall in place (2023) and BCCI can introduce the 10th team,” TOI quoted sources as saying on Thursday. “There are buyers. That’s not the point. But are there enough buyers coming to the table where bidding can be a competitive process? For one franchise? Yes, For two? Let’s see.”
The Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera could be the home venue for the ninth franchise. The coliseum will be available to host matches from March next year. The sources confirmed that there will be a lot of interest as the game is passionately followed in Ahmedabad.
“There will be takers, given the following for cricket in Ahmedabad and the resources available there. So, if a tender is brought out for one franchise right now, there’ll certainly be a great amount of interest and will set a benchmark for the future,” the report further quoted sources as saying.
It would be interesting to note how things will pan out. IPL has always been successful with eight teams and whenever there is an addition in the number of teams, there have been some issues.
On the other hand, IPL 2020 Auctions will take place in Kolkata on 19th December. All eight teams have revealed their list of retained and released players.