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Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Sourav Ganguly Unsurprised By High Bidding Numbers For 2 New IPL 2022 Franchises

Sourav Ganguly, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President on Monday, said he was not surprised by the bidding numbers which the various interested parties submitted for the new franchises.

The bids were submitted by the authorized representatives of the interested parties in Dubai. BCCI announced the following successful bidders (subject to definitive documentation and other formalities being completed): RPSG Ventures Ltd. – Lucknow (for INR 7,090 crores) and Irelia Company Pte Ltd (CVC Capital Partners) – Ahmedabad (for INR 5,625 crores).

Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
Sourav Ganguly- Twitter

Sourav Ganguly: BCCI Isn’t Surprised By The Bidding Numbers As IPL Is A Big Brand

This deal means a huge reward for not only the Indian board but also for the development of Indian cricket at the grass-root level as well as per Sourav Ganguly. The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said this money will be used to prosper Indian cricket, and they were not surprised because of the brand of IPL sparks in the globe.

Sourav Ganguly in a press conference after the announcement while replying to a query said: “We were not surprised actually, this (IPL) is a big brand and we are extremely happy that Indian cricket is moving forward. That is what is important for us. Congratulations to Sanjeev and CVC for being number one and number two but we look at Indian cricket and that’s what our job is. The more Indian cricket prospers, the better it is.”

Sanjiv Goenka (File photo| AFP)
Sanjiv Goenka (File photo| AFP)

“All the money goes back to Indian cricket. That’s what we are here for, we want Indian cricket to go forward and it has gone a long way forward in the last few years. This is the 14th season of IPL and the brand has grown and I think it is a great sign for us,” BCCI President Sourav Ganguly added.

Business tycoon Sanjiv Goenka and international equity investment firm Irelia Company Pte Limited (CVC Capital) shelled out a combined Rs 12,715 crore (approx $1.7 billion) to win the bids for two new IPL teams, a windfall that far exceeded BCCI’s expectations on Monday.

Brijesh Patel: Goenka Group Was Highest Bidders For Both Ahmedabad And Lucknow, And They Preferred to Take Lucknow

The BCCI was hoping for a cumulative bid in the range of Rs 10,000 crore but, to their surprise, earned Rs 7090 crore from Sanjiv Goenka’s RP-SG Group for the Lucknow franchise, while CVC capital forked out Rs 5625 crore for the Ahmedabad team. As a result, the two new sides Lucknow and Ahmedabad, will take part in the 2022 IPL.

IPL Governing Council (GC) chairman Brijesh Patel stated: “We had nine bidders, all of them were qualified. CVC group quoted 5,625 crores for Ahmedabad and 5,116 crores for Lucknow. RP Goenka ventures quoted 7,090 crores for Ahmedabad, For Indore 4,790 and for Lucknow 7,090 crores.”

IPL chairman Brijesh Patel (TOI Photo)
IPL chairman Brijesh Patel (TOI Photo)
“The highest was the Goenka group and they were highest for both Ahmedabad and Lucknow. And they preferred to take Lucknow as their franchise. CVC was second highest and they got Ahmedabad for 5,625 crores,” he informed.

The new franchises will participate in IPL from the 2022 season onwards, subject to the bidders completing the post-bid formalities as specified in the ITT document. The IPL 2022 season will comprise ten teams and will have 74 matches, wherein each team will play seven home and seven away matches.

Sanjiv Goenka, who owned Rising Pune Supergiants for a period of two years- 2016 to 2017, when Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended owing to spot-fixing charges, was elated to be back in the IPL. Rising Pune Supergiants lost the 2017 IPL Final to Mumbai Indians by 1 run, which was the team’s last game in the IPL.

This is the first time the BCCI is adding two new franchises to the 8 teams since Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala had joined the league in 2010 before both franchises were terminated.

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Amount Spent For 2 New IPL Teams Shows Why Cricket Is 2nd Most Popular Sport: Shane Warne

Shane Warne, the former Australia spinner, has said that after seeing the amount spent for two Indian Premier League (IPL) teams, one has to realize why cricket has become the second most popular sport in the world. Shane Warne said the sale of two new Indian Premier League teams only shows the rise in the popularity of cricket across the globe. Shane Warne also congratulated the BCCI after the windfall on Monday.

BCCI announced the following successful bidders for two new teams on Monday (subject to definitive documentation and other formalities being completed): RPSG Ventures Ltd. – Lucknow (for INR 7,090 crores) and Irelia Company Pte Ltd (CVC Capital Partners) – Ahmedabad (for INR 5,625 crores).

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

Shane Warne: Staggering Amounts Of Money For Each Of The 2 Teams Showing Why Cricket Has Become The 2nd Most Popular Big Sport

The new franchises will participate in IPL from the 2022 season onwards, subject to the bidders completing the post-bid formalities as specified in the ITT document. The IPL 2022 season will comprise ten teams and will have 74 matches. Wherein each team will play seven home and seven away matches. Shane Warne was left amused after the two new teams of IPL went for a whopping price.

“Wow!Congratulations to both of the new franchise owners. Staggering amounts of money for each team & shows why cricket has become the 2nd most popular & biggest sport on the planet. $932 & $692 million dollars (USA). Well done to @SGanguly99 & everyone at the @BCCI on the @IPL,” tweeted Shane Warne.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Business tycoon Sanjiv Goenka and international equity investment firm Irelia Company Pte Limited (CVC Capital) shelled out a combined Rs 12,715 crore (approx $1.7 billion) to win the bids for two new IPL teams, a windfall that far exceeded BCCI’s expectations on Monday.

The BCCI was hoping for a cumulative bid in the range of Rs 10,000 crore but, to their surprise, earned Rs 7090 crore from Sanjiv Goenka’s RP-SG Group for the Lucknow franchise, while CVC capital forked out Rs 5625 crore for the Ahmedabad team. As a result, the two new sides will take part in the 2022 IPL.

Sourav Ganguly: Heartening To See Inclusion Of 2 New Franchises Which May Bring More Domestic Cricketers From India To Global Stage

Sanjiv Goenka was delighted to be back in the IPL and this time, as a full-time owner and not a temporary one, which was the case when he ran the Pune franchise (Rising Pune Supergiant(s) in IPL 2016 and 2017) during the spot-fixing-related suspension of CSK and Rajasthan Royals. Sourav Ganguly has said that the BCCI is not surprised by the bidding amount for the two new IPL teams, i.e. Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly said: “The BCCI is happy to welcome two new teams from the next season of the Indian Premier League. I would like to congratulate RPSG Ventures Ltd & Irelia Company Pte Ltd for being successful bidders. The IPL will now go to two new cities in India viz in Lucknow and Ahmedabad. It is heartening to see the inclusion of two new teams at such a high valuation, and it reiterates the cricketing and financial strength of our cricket ecosystem.”

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“True to IPL’s motto of Where Talent Meets Opportunity, the inclusion of two new teams will bring more domestic cricketers from our country to the global stage. The ITT process included two interested bidders from outside of India, which strongly emphasizes the global appeal of the IPL as a sports property. The IPL is proving to be a wonderful instrument in globalizing the game of cricket. I am keenly looking forward to IPL 2022,” he added.

The companies that cleared the final round of technical vetting to be eligible to place the bids included RP-SG, the Adani Group, HT Media Private Limited, Torrent Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma, All Cargo, CVC, Kotak group in a consortium, and the Glazers of Manchester United through their equity firm.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy, Image Credits: Twitter
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Sanjiv Goenka Who Bought Lucknow Franchise For INR 7090 Crores Said Team’s Valuation Will Go Up In Future

Sanjiv Goenka, Kolkata city-based billionaire who bought the Lucknow franchise for a whopping Rs 7,090 crore during the IPL bidding in Dubai on Monday, said the team’s valuation “would be a multiple of a few times” over the next 10 years.

The BCCI had a windfall of close to USD 2 billion, with Kolkata-based RPSG Group and international equity investment firm CVC Capital winning the bid for Lucknow and Ahmedabad franchises respectively. The Goenka-owned RPSG Group became the highest bidder, while CVC Capital pipped Adani Group to win the bid for Ahmedabad with a Rs 5600 offer.

Sanjiv Goenka (File photo| AFP)
Sanjiv Goenka (File photo| AFP)

Sanjiv Goenka: Valuations Of Lucknow Franchise Will Go Up In The Future

RPSG Group owner Sanjiv Goenka said he is delighted to have a new IPL team in Lucknow, saying the state of Uttar Pradesh had been waiting to have an IPL team of its own for quite some time.

“We do believe that the valuations of this will go up in the future. And from what we invest, to what it could be over a period of 10 years would be a multiple of a few times,” chairman of RPSG Group Goenka, who is also the principal owner of ATK Mohun Bagan in ISL, said here.

“Frankly it’s something that I’ve been keen on for a while. When the opportunity presented itself we took it. IPL has created some of the biggest brands. Look at Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings and look at some of the others, they are really household names, some of the biggest brands the country has,” Goenka added.

The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in Lucknow will host IPL matches. (FILE PHOTO)
The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in Lucknow will host IPL matches. (FILE PHOTO)

On claiming the Lucknow franchise, he said: “For us, Uttar Pradesh has been an important state. We distribute power in Greater Noida. We have a number of Spencer stores in the state. So we do believe that will help us to connect with the state, and we look forward to this.”

On Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced successful bidders for two new franchises of IPL. As a result, the next season will be a 10-team affair with 74 matches as two new teams based out of Lucknow and Ahmedabad were announced.

Sanjiv Goenka Feels Good To Be Back In The IPL After Owing Rising Pune Supergiant(s) For 2 Years- 2016 And 2017

Sanjiv Goenka, who owned Rising Pune Supergiants for a period of two years- 2016 to 2017, when Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended owing to spot-fixing charges, was elated to be back in the IPL. However, rising Pune Supergiants lost the 2017 IPL Final to Mumbai Indians by 1 run, which was the team’s last game in the IPL.

“Firstly, it feels good to be back in the IPL. But this is just the first step. Now, it’s really for us to build a good team, and try to put up a good performance. So the work really begins now in terms of actually getting the coach, putting together a team, and getting a sense of discipline and performance into play,” he said.

Rising Pune Supergiants
Rising Pune Supergiants dream gets crushed by one run in IPL 2017- Twitter

Sanjiv Goenka said they’re yet to decide on the side’s name, while the team combination and marquee players would depend on the availability.

“If wishes are horses…We don’t know yet. It would depend on retention policy and who are the available players, then only we can decide on our key players,” he signed off.

This is the first time the BCCI is adding two new franchises to the 8 team IPL event since Rising Pune Supergiant/s and Gujarat Lions took part in the IPL for two years – 2016 and 2017 – when Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended due to alledged match-fixing offences.

Expansion of the IPL is not a new experiment. Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala had joined the league in 2010 before both franchises were terminated. In 2011, there were 10 teams divided into 2 groups, with Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala, and after the latter’s withdrawal, 9 teams played the IPL in 2012 and 2013.

Sanjiv Goenka will wait for more clarifications from the BCCI when it comes to auction and retention regulations before zeroing in on the plan to buy players for the Lucknow-based franchise. Notably, IPL 2022 will be preceded by a mega auction, and the BCCI is yet to announce the retention rules officially.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
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BCCI To Reveal Details Of The Franchises Who Have Picked Up Bid Documents For 2 New IPL 2022 Teams Next Week

BCCI will reveal details of the franchises who have picked up bid documents for 2 new IPL 2022 teams next week. Lancer Capital, whose principal is Avram Glazer, who is a member of the family that owns a majority stake at Manchester United football club, is one of the 22 business entities to have picked up bid documents for the two new IPL franchises. The details of the franchises are likely to be announced by the BCCI next week.
Among the other notable potential bidders to acquire the two new teams are Adani Group, the Ahmedabad-based infrastructure giants, the Sanjeev Goenka-owned business conglomerate RPSG, the Naveen Jindal-owned Jindal Steel, Torrent Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma, and Hindustan Times Media, along with a number of private equity companies. The bids will be opened at a walk-in event to be held in Dubai on October 25.
IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Lancer Capital, Avram Glazer’s Principal Is One Of 22 Entities To Have Picked Up Bid Documents For 2 New IPL Franchises

The teams, which will be a part of the IPL from 2022, will have to be based in any two out of six Indian cities listed in the tender document listed by the BCCI: Ahmedabad, Cuttack, Dharamsala, Guwahati, Indore, and Lucknow.
While investors can bid for more than one city, they will eventually have to settle for one. A senior BCCI official said that based on how soon the technical evaluation of the successful bids is done, the board will determine whether to announce the two new franchises and the cities on the same day or later.
 The bidding process for two new teams in the IPL is likely to take place on October 25, with the two highest bidders set to take the franchise rights. As a result, IPL 2022 will become a 10-team tournament.
Rising Pune Supergiants captain MS Dhoni and Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina during match 25 of the Vivo IPL 2016- Photo by Rahul Gulati / IPL/ SPORTZPICS
Rising Pune Supergiants captain MS Dhoni and Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina during match 25 of the Vivo IPL 2016- Photo by Rahul Gulati / IPL/ SPORTZPICS
According to the original timeline, the bids were meant to be opened on October 17, but it was delayed as the BCCI deferred the deadline to buy the tender twice – first October 10 and then October 20 – citing wide interest from potential bidders.
This is the first time the BCCI is adding two new franchises to the 8 team IPL event since Rising Pune Supergiant/s and Gujarat Lions took part in the IPL for two years – 2016 and 2017 – when Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended due to alledged match-fixing offenses.

BCCI Set A Base Price Of Rs. 2000 Crores For Each Of The Two New Franchises

The BCCI is eyeing a big purse from the two new IPL teams set to play in IPL 2022. The BCCI has set a base price of INR 2000 crore [US$ 267 million approx.] for each of the two new franchises.
One of the requirements listed in the tender document is that the bidders must show a turnover of at least INR 3000 crore [US$ 400 million approx.] for the previous three years. If it is a consortium, then each investor would need to show a turnover of at least INR 2500 crore [US$ 334 million approx.] for the previous three years.
BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI
BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI
Large numbers they might be on paper, but some of the potential bidders have vast and diversified business interests globally. For example, on the company website, the Adani Group lists its “market cap of over USD 122.45 billion comprising six publicly traded companies”.
Another Indian business heavyweight, Jindal Steel & Power, has put its annual turnover at “USD 5.5 billion” on its website. Incidentally, Naveen Jindal’s brother Sajjan Jindal owns Jindal Steel Works, who is the co-owner of Delhi Capitals. This is the second time RPSG is attempting to buy an IPL franchise after owning the Pune-based Supergiant/s for two years.  The group also owns teams in other franchise-based sports, including the ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League and the RPSG Mavericks in the table tennis league.

Ahmedabad and Lucknow cities are front-runners to have a new IPL franchise represent them in the cash-rich T20 league, sources close to the bidding process have said. Indian multinational conglomerate Adani Group is tipped to bid for a franchise from Ahmedabad. At the same time, the Glazer Family, owners of Premier League giants Manchester United, have also picked up bidding papers, a top BCCI official in the know of developments said.

IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
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IPL 2022: Ahmedabad, Lucknow Front-runners As Two New Franchises In The Cash-rich League

Ahmedabad and Lucknow cities are front-runners to have a new IPL franchise represent them in the cash-rich T20 league, sources close to the bidding process have said.

Indian multinational conglomerate Adani Group is tipped to bid for a franchise from Ahmedabad. At the same time, the Glazer Family, owners of Premier League giants Manchester United, have also picked up bidding papers, a top BCCI official in the know of developments said.

Ahmedabad: The world's largest cricket stadium is in Ahmedabad (Image Courtesy: Twitter)
The world’s largest cricket stadium is in Ahmedabad (Image Courtesy: Twitter)

Ahmedabad And Lucknow Are Front Runners To Have A New IPL 2022 Team, To Be Unveiled On October 25

The BCCI had earlier shortlisted six cities — Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Cuttack, Guwahati, Ranchi, and Dharamshala — as bases for the two new teams. The bidding process for two new teams in the IPL is likely to take place on October 25, with the two highest bidders set to take the franchise rights. As a result, IPL 2022 will become a 10-team tournament. The BCCI had earlier extended the last date for interested parties to pick up the bidding papers to October 20.

“Pursuant to requests from various interested parties, BCCI has now decided to further extend the date for purchasing the ITT document till October 20, 2021,” a BCCI release had said.

Manchester United owners Glazer family are intrested in buying an IPL team |Courtesy-@MancesterUnited | Photo Credit: Instagram
Manchester United owners Glazer family are interested in buying an IPL team |Courtesy-@MancesterUnited | Photo Credit: Instagram

The interested parties, who have picked up bidding papers are Sanjeev Kumar – RPSG,  Glazer Family – Manchester United Owners, Adani Group, Naveen Jindal – Jindal Power & Steel, Torrent Pharma, Ronnie Screwvala, Aurobindo Pharma, Kotak Group, CVC Partners, Singapore Based PE Firm, Hindustan Times Media, Broadcast & Sports Consulting Agencies ITW, Group M. Alongside Ahmedabad and Lucknow, Cuttack, Guwahati, Ranchi, and Dharamsala were shortlisted as the bases of the two new teams.

IPL Has Previously Been A 10 Team Affair In 2011

The BCCI is expecting anything between Rs. 7000 crore to 10,000 crores from the team bidding of IPL, according to a report. The BCCI had allowed consortiums and companies with an annual turnover of Rs. 3000 crore to bid for teams while the base price for new IPL teams is pegged at Rs. 2000 crore, the report added. The bidding papers, in the form of the Invitation to Tender document, could be bought by any interested party for a cost of Rs. 10 lakh.

Rising Pune Supergiants captain MS Dhoni and Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina during match 25 of the Vivo IPL 2016- Photo by Rahul Gulati / IPL/ SPORTZPICS
Rising Pune Supergiants captain MS Dhoni and Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina during match 25 of the Vivo IPL 2016- Photo by Rahul Gulati / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

Expansion of the IPL is not a new experiment. Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala had joined the league in 2010 before both franchises were terminated. Moreover, during Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals’ suspension from the league, Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions joined the league as temporary participants and participated in IPL 2016 and 2017.

In 2011, there were 10 teams divided into 2 groups, with Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala, and after the latter’s withdrawal, 9 teams played the IPL in 2012 and 2013.

BCCI has already announced that there will be a mega auction for the upcoming season which will give a fair opportunity to the new franchises to build their squads. However, according to a report, the existing eight franchises will be allowed to make four retentions before the mega auction.

IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
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IPL 2022 Bidding Auction For The New Two Teams Will Be Held Likely On October 17

IPL 2022 Mega Auction will be somewhere between December 2021 or January 2022.  The IPL usually starts in the window of March to May but due to the Covid-19 circumstances, this may get extended to the first week of June.

Meanwhile, October 17 could be the big day for the BCCI as well as those intending to bid for the two new teams of the Indian Premier League – IPL 2022. Since the bidding day is just two days after the IPL 2021 final in Dubai and the day the Twenty20 World Cup kick-starts in Muscat, there may be a chance that the bidding could take place in one of the Middle East cities – Dubai or Muscat.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

IPL 2022 Bidding Auction For The New Two Teams Will Be Held Likely On October 17

The BCCI has told the potential bidders that the final date and venue will be intimated later. BCCI has informed the parties of three key dates – September 21, October 5, and October 17. Clarifications can be sought up to September 21, whereas the ITT (Invitation To Tender) document will be available for purchase till October 5 and the auction will be held, most likely, on October 17.

It has been confirmed that there will be no e-auction and the age-old practice of the closed bidding process will be followed. The number of league matches for each team will be either 14 or 18 with a minimum of seven home and seven away games assured to each franchise in IPL 2022. Currently, the league has eight teams and each team gets to play the same, seven home and as many away games.

BCCI : IPL
BCCI: IPL

In the revised scenario, there should be nine home and nine away games but due to the absence of a larger window, it is likely that the BCCI will stick for 14 games while keeping the option of 18 league games in the agreement open.

The number of league matches in total could be either 74 or 94, depending on the window available. Next year, when the current cycle of media rights ends, there will be 74 games with all teams getting to play seven home and seven away games in a format of two groups.

BCCI has made it clear that each bidder should have a net worth of Rs 2500 crores and the company has to have a turnover of Rs 3000 crores. In the case of a consortium, the BCCI will allow only three partners, and one of them has to fulfil the above criteria of Rs 2500 crore net worth and Rs 3000 crore turnover. As has been reported, the base price is Rs 2000 crore.

There will be two stages for bidding – legal and financial. Once the legal department is satisfied with the bidder’s qualifying criteria, the financial bid will be opened. One can bid for two to six cities, marking the value one is willing to provide for each centre. Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Indore, Cuttack, Guwahati, and Dharamsala are the cities available for bidding. Needless to mention, the two highest bidders will get the teams.

The teams will have to pay 10 per cent of the franchise fee every year for 10 years and will be entitled to 50 per cent revenue share and post the 10-year period, the franchises will have to pay 20 per cent of its income and will continue to receive 50 per cent of the central pool of revenue after every IPL season.

The BCCI is also silent on the players to be retained by the existing teams. It is understood that the board may allow two retentions and two Right To Match (RTM) cards with a balance struck on the number of Indian and foreign players allowed to be retained. The retention details for IPL 2022 are expected to be announced in November and the mega auction is likely in January 2022.

IPL 2022 is set to be a ten-team affair, with two new franchises added to the group. The change will see the league revert to a ten-franchise competition for the first time since 2011, having been an eight-team event since 2014.

Sanjiv Goenka Of The Defunct Rising Pune Supergiants Is Tipped To Buy The Lucknow Franchise In IPL 2022

Quite a few parties, including some agencies, are believed to have bought the ITT document and one of them is Sanjiv Goenka of the RPSG Group that had previously owned the Pune franchise for two years.

Sanjiv Goenka is tipped to buy the Lucknow team in IPL 2022 auctions. The big corporate giants including Kolkata-based RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, Hyderabad-based Aurobindo Pharma Ltd;  the Adani group headquartered in Ahmedabad;  and the Torrent Group have shown their interests in owning a new IPL franchise in IPL 2022.

Rising Pune Supergiant owner Sanjiv Goenka with his family during match 41 of the Vivo 2017 Indian Premier League between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Rising Pune Supergiant Photo Credit: (BCCI)
Photo Credit: (BCCI)

IPL franchises are allowed to retain 4 players, either it can be 3 Indians and 1 overseas or 2 Indians and 2 overseas for IPL 2022 ahead of the mega auction. The salary of the retained players will be – INR 15 Crores, INR 11 Crores, and INR 7 Crores (if a franchise retains three cricketers). The structure will be INR 12.5 Crores and INR 8.5 Crores if two players are retained by a franchise and INR 12.5 Crores for only a single player retained.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
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BCCI Finalises The Blueprint For IPL 2022

BCCI has finalised the blueprint for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Two new franchises, player retention, a mega auction, increments in the salary purse, and a fresh media rights tender are among the plans that are waiting to be rolled out between August 2021 and January 2022.

BCCI would introduce two new franchises to the extravagant league. A tender document will be brought out in mid-August and following the mandatory checks, bids will be opened in mid-October, to be timed with the final of IPL-Phase 2 which will be held in the UAE.

IPL Trophy.
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

BCCI Set To Increase The Salary Purse And Allow Franchises To Retain 4 Players In IPL 2022 With Conditions

Kolkata-based RP Sanjiv Goenka Group, who owned Rising Pune Supergiants in the past, is interested to be involved once again. The Adani group headquartered in Ahmedabad,  Aurobindo Pharma Ltd based out of Hyderabad, and the Torrent Group that operates from Gujarat are learned to be showing interest in the new franchises. Additionally, some other corporate entities and private equity and investment advisory firms are also showing interest.

The mega auction was scheduled to be held in 2021, but that could not happen with a jam-packed schedule in place and of course the prevailing pandemic. The auction was rescheduled to 2022. Player retention has also been finalized. Each franchise will be allowed to retain four players, but with the following conditions – they can either retain three Indians and one overseas player or two Indians and two overseas players.

Kolkata Knight Riders auction table
Kolkata Knight Riders auction table. (Photo Source: Twitter)

BCCI is set to increase the salary purse from Rs 85 crore to Rs 90 crore, which means adding Rs 50 crore to the total salary pool (among 10 franchises). Franchises must mandatorily spend 75% of the allotted purse. Over the next three years, the purse will increase from Rs 90 crore to Rs 95 and eventually Rs 100 crore ahead of the 2024 season.

Franchises retaining players must deduct specified sums from their salary purse before heading into an auction. The salary deduction, in the existing structure, is stipulated as follows: Rs 15 cr, Rs 11 cr, and Rs 7 cr if three players are retained; Rs 12.5 cr and Rs 8.5 cr if two players are retained; and Rs 12.5 cr if only one player is retained.

BCCI Planning The Big Media Rights Auction Too

With the salary purse set to increase by Rs 5 cr (85 to 90), and BCCI allowing the franchises to retain a maximum of four players now, this structure may undergo a slight change going forward.

“Some players may like the idea of not wanting to be retained and will want to head into the auction pool. That’s because there’s an increase in the salary purse and two new teams are being added. So, there’ll be a rush to grab talent. Expect some leading Indian cricketers to forward their names for the auction,” say those tracking developments.

BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI
BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI

And finally, the BCCI is planning the big media-rights auction too, towards the end of 2021. With the month of March now potentially being available to them for an early start of IPL 2023 onwards – that’ll help the board accommodate 90-plus matches between 10 teams.

The board and the industry expect a minimum 25% increase in the value of media rights. The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a massive rise in the OTT space as against the traditional linear broadcast and that factor alone will dictate the rights industry in the forthcoming months.

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Robin Uthappa Reckons MS Dhoni’s Wit Is Sharper Than His Glovework

Robin Uthappa, the veteran Indian batsman, reckoned that MS Dhoni’s wit is sharper than his wicketkeeping skills. The 35-year-old went down the memory lane when MS Dhoni, in a funny way, tried to get under former England skipper Kevin Pietersen’s skin. MS Dhoni’s antics were regarding a Test match between the two sides back in 2011.

During the game, Kevin Pietersen was given out caught behind with MS Dhoni rolling his arms over. On an immediate basis, the England batsman took the DRS and replays showed that he didn’t edge the ball. Hence, the on-field decision had to be reversed.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen (Image Credit: Twitter)

Robin Uthappa Recalls MS Dhoni Spoke Out From Commentary Box To Kevin Pietersen That He Got His Scalp Once

Eventually, Kevin Pietersen scored a first-innings double-hundred as the hosts won it by a massive margin of 196 runs. Robin Uthappa remembered MS Dhoni telling Kevin Pietersen to shut his mouth as the former Indian skipper told him to shut his mouth since he dismissed him.

“I’ll give you an example. MS said to Kevin Pietersen when he sledged him from the commentary box. MS told him ‘listen I’ve gotten your wicket so please keep quiet. So, I think that is proof enough for what he endorses and what he doesn’t. He’s very quick-witted.

“His wit, if not the same speed of his glove-work, it could be faster. MS’ wit is quick,” Uthappa was quoted as saying during an interaction with stand-up comedian Sorabh Pant on his YouTube channel ‘Wake Up with Sorabh’.

MS Dhoni Appeals Bowling at the Lord’s in the first Test between India and England in 2011.
MS Dhoni Appeals Bowling at the Lord’s in the first Test between India and England in 2011. (File image: AP)

MS Dhoni and Kevin Pietersen’s banter on whether the England player was his first Test wicket goes back to 2011. This in reference to a Test match between India and England at Lord’s (21 July 2011). Zaheer Khan was injured and MS Dhoni chipped in with a spell. Nine balls into his spell MS Dhoni almost got a nick from Kevin Pietersen’s bat as umpire Billy Bowden gave him out. However, Kevin Pietersen reviewed it and the decision was overruled.

This incident was once again brought up in April 2017 during an IPL match between Rising Pune Supergiants vs Mumbai Indians. This time Kevin Pietersen was inside the commentary box talking to Manoj Tiwary, who was fielding at slips. He told Manoj Tiwary to go and tell MS Dhoni that he (Kevin Pietersen) is a better golfer than him. When Manoj Tiwary did this after the next ball, MS Dhoni responded saying, “He’s still my 1st test wicket.”

Robin Uthappa Was Made To Stand At The Silly Point To Sledge Ricky Ponting During A T20I Match In 2007

Robin Uthappa also narrated an incident when India and Australia took part in a one-off T20I match in Mumbai back in 2007.

“In 2007 when we played a one-off T20 game against Australia, we were at it. MS would put me in charge of sledging some of the senior members of that Australia team like Ricky Ponting. So, in a one-day game, they would make me stand at the silly point just to chew Ricky Ponting and all. It was great fun,” he stated.

Robin Uthappa with MS Dhoni Image-Twitter.
Robin Uthappa with MS Dhoni Image-Twitter.

Going further with the interview, Robin Uthappa said that he was made to stand at the silly point for the sole purpose of sledging the Australian players, particularly the Delhi Capitals head coach, Ricky Ponting who was in his prime at that point of time. He also said that it was great fun to implement such tactics by ‘Captain Cool’ MS Dhoni. During the only T20I between India and Australia, Ricky Ponting was the highest run-scorer after getting 76 runs from 53 balls.

2007 turned out to be a memorable year for Team India. In MS Dhoni’s maiden stint as Team India’s skipper, the Men in Blue lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup. Later, at the start of 2008, India also won a tri-nation series in Australia. As far as Robin Uthappa is concerned, his career hardly took off. In 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is, the right-hander only managed 1183 runs with seven fifties. In the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he was a part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), but he didn’t get to play a game.

Tymal Mills
Tymal Mills
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Tymal Mills Shared Experiences While Playing In IPL And PSL

Tymal Mills, England pacer recently shared his experiences while playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Tymal Mills pointed out it was tougher for him to get a place in a PSL playing XI because he was an overseas fast bowler. He noted that there were many local pacers available to franchisees in the PSL.

Known for his ability to bowl fast with interesting change ups, Tymal Mills said that he will be bowling same stuff that has given him success IANS
Tymal Mills said that he will be bowling the same stuff that has given him success. Photo Credit: IANS

Tymal Mills: Nobody Can Deny IPL Is The Biggest League In The World While Crowds Were Brilliant In Pakistan

The English player felt the passion and the energy of fans of both leagues were the same, but he concluded that the IPL was the number-one T20 league in the world.

Speaking to Times Now on Thursday, Tymal Mills was asked to explain the differences between IPL and PSL.

“The IPL is the biggest league in the world. Nobody can ever deny it. I have seen that and experienced it on and off the field,” said Mills. “The PSL, I have played for 4 years. Last year, I played a whole edition which was held in Pakistan, the crowds were brilliant.”

Given the high price tag, Tymal Mills is sure to face heightened scrutiny in IPL 10. - SUDHAKARA JAIN
Given the high price tag, Tymal Mills is sure to face heightened scrutiny in IPL 10. – SUDHAKARA JAIN

“The stadiums are the same sizes as India, they are largely sold out and there is a real passion. On the field, the PSL is tough as an overseas fast bowler because there are so many quick bowlers in Pakistan, the balance of teams is different,” he added.

Tymal Mills played five matches for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2017 and picked up five wickets. The left-arm pacer also picked up 28 wickets in 22 games in the PSL.
When Tymal Mills was first diagnosed with a career-threatening congenital back injury, he was devastated. It has since turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The tearaway fast bowler was told that he suffered from a narrow spinal cord. He was warned that bowling extended spells could cause serious long-term damage.
England pacer Tymal Mills had emerged as the then most expensive bowler in the Indian Premier League (IPL) history going for a staggering Rs 12 crore to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2017. He said the price did not seem “real” to him and took a while to sink in.
The 24-year-old was the second-highest buy after his English teammate Ben Stokes, who was taken from Rs 14.5 crore by now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants (RPSG) at the IPL auction in Bengaluru in 2017.

Tymal Mills Labels IPL As The Highest Standard

Tymal Mills also stated that the IPL was not the number-one T20 league in the world because of the money the franchises spend but due to the talents involved in the tournament.

Labeling the IPL as the ‘highest standard’, Mills continued: “The IPL is the highest standard. All countries are available. The money is obviously there. The environment breeds success. Only the best survive. If you don’t perform, you get moved on and someone else comes in. That’s the environment of the IPL and that’s why it is the number-one T20 league in the world.”

Tymal Mills benefitted from the late withdrawal from the IPL auction of his fellow left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Starc, who has performed well for Bangalore in the past.
Tymal Mills benefited from the late withdrawal from the IPL auction of his fellow left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Starc, who has performed well for Bangalore in the past. Photograph: Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images

Tymal Mills has played for the Karachi Kings, the Peshawar Zalmi, and the Quetta Gladiators in the PSL. Pacer Tymal Mills also played 5 T20Is for England and picked 3 scalps.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were dealt a huge blow ahead of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 after their premier pace Mitchell Starc pulled out of the tournament. Going into auction, RCB camp was determined to sign one quality overseas pacer. Daniel Vettori and his men, who didn’t look much interested in other players, were in a different mode after Tymal Mills, England’s T20 specialist was up for grabs.

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Cheteshwar Pujara Disappointed As He Went Unsold In 2016-17 IPL Auctions

Cheteshwar Pujara never got an opportunity to play an IPL match at Rajkot as he went unsold at the 2016 and 2017 auctions. Ahead of the forthcoming IPL 2021, India’s Test batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara has revealed he was left disappointed when Gujarat Lions did not pick him for the 2016 and 2017 editions.

Dysfunctional Gujarat Lions’ home base was in Rajkot, which also happens to be his hometown. The side secured the services of his Saurashtra and India teammate Ravindra Jadeja but failed to show interest in him at the auction.

Cheteshwar Pujara. Image-PTI.
Cheteshwar Pujara. Image-PTI.

Cheteshwar Pujara Was Disappointed That He Wasn’t Picked In IPL 2016-17 Auctions

Cheteshwar Pujara, while speaking to Cricbuzz, stated he would have loved to don the Gujarat Lions jersey.

“Well, I was disappointed that I was not picked. But that was not in my control. It would have been nice if I was part of that side. That is in the past and I have moved on,” Cheteshwar Pujara said.

Gujarat Lions Players Celebrating During Vivo IPL 2017 Match 13: Andrew Tye’s brilliance helps Gujarat Lions get their first win of IPL 10
Gujarat Lions Players Celebrating During Vivo IPL 2017 Match 13 | IPL/Sportzpics

The Gujarat Lions joined the IPL along with the Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016. The BCCI introduced the two new franchises after suspending the Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings for two seasons. Unfortunately, Cheteshwar Pujara never got an opportunity to play an IPL match at Rajkot as he went unsold at the 2016 and 2017 auctions. A Test specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara has often been out of favour for limited-overs cricket.

Cheteshwar Pujara Played 30 IPL Matches

While he is an automatic selection when it comes to Tests, he has been away from the white-ball limited-overs team since 2014. He first made it to the ODI team in 2013 and made his debut against Zimbabwe in July that year. His ODI career is only 5 games so far and he has been away from the squad since then. A regular in IPL from 2008 to 2014, he has been away from IPL since 2014 when he represented KXIP.

He has played 30 matches in the cash-rich league IPL, scoring 390 runs in 22 innings. He has one fifty to his name in the format. The 33-year-old, who last batted in IPL in 2014, was bought by three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the 2021 IPL auctions.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara | Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

After completing the mandatory one-week quarantine period, in accordance with BCCI’s SOP, Cheteshwar Pujara donned the yellow jersey for the first time on Monday when he hit the nets for his first-ever CSK session before IPL 2021. He was accompanied by fellow new recruits in Krishnappa Gowtham and Robin Uthappa.

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