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IPL to float tender for two new teams

MUMBAI: The Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to become a 10-team affair. The IPL Governing Council at its meeting in Kolkata on Thursday decided to float tender for two new teams to maintain the eight team equilibrium for the next two seasons in the wake of Justice RM Lodha committee’s decision to suspend Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

With the Madras High Court refusing to grant interim relief to CSK against the two-year suspension order, the BCCI had to take this decision. This will mean that after the suspension period of CSK and RR, the IPL will have 10 teams from 2018.

The tenders are likely to be floated after the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) next month.

The four-member IPL Working Group put forth two suggestions before the Governing Council members. The first option is to float tender for two new IPL teams for two years to fill in the void left by the suspended teams of CSK and RR.

The second option is to invite tender for two new teams for 10 years. This, in effect, will mean 10 teams come into play after CSK and RR return to the league.

The BCCI Working Committee, which will meet today, will take a final call on the IPL GC’s recommendations.

“We’ve decided that floating tenders for two new franchises are the best option. The IPL would be a 10-team event when the two banned franchises return from suspension in 2018. We’ve decided this to honour the Lodha committee verdict. We’ve decided this to clean-up cricket and bring back transparency. The final decision rests with the Working Committee,” The Indian Express quotes an IPL GC member as saying.