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Rising Pune Supergiant, Gujarat Lions not to get contract extension: Rajeev Shukla

NEW DELHI: Even as Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) fold next year, the two new teams Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions will not get any extension.

If Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions are to be present in the next edition of the IPL, it will have to be through fresh bidding process. That, however, will be possible if the IPL Governing Council decides to have a 10-team league.

Rajeev Shukla“No extension is being given to both the teams (RPS and Lions). Agreement was only for two years. Even if we make it a 10-team league, the two new teams would have to be freshly bid, so they (RPS and GL) are not being given any extension or anything,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla told reporters.

Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two years for their involvement in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal. They will participate in 2018 after serving their suspensions. Pune and Gujarat, who won bids to play for these two years, will thus be out.

The general view of the IPL Governing Council is to continue with the eight-team format as a 10-team league would increase the number of matches to 84.

“Next year, as per SC order, the two (suspended) teams would be back. The issue of whether 8 or 10 teams will come up at the IPL GC meeting. So far the plan is to go ahead with 8 teams. A 10-team league has to be endorsed by the Governing Council,” Shukla said.

Though all players are supposed to go back into the auction pool after the 10-year cycle, Shukla said that retention policy may still be considered. “We will have a mega auction but retention policy also needs to be decided. The mega auction is not going to take place immediately it will be just before next IPL, so we have enough time to decide.”

The IPL media rights (broadcast/digital/mobile) will now be given for five years instead of 10 years. “There was an assessment that we should not go for 10-year duration. After 5 years, we don’t know, what would be quantum of league? How big the league would be? The CoA was in agreement of everything. They were sitting together, each decision taken unanimously,” Shukla said.

The title sponsorship will be done through e-auction. The current deal with Vivo ends after the 2017 season.

“The issue (of e-auction) has been discussed. The IPL staff has been told to talk to the experts. It’s a segregated tender (digital/broadcast/mobile) for different zones, so it becomes difficult. But the title sponsorship, there we have decided to go for e-auction. Vivo was there for 2 years and fresh auction will be held,” Shukla said.