BCCI calls bids for two new IPL teams, CSK-RR retained

RSTV Bureau
Mumbai: BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur along with IPL governing council chairman Rajeev Shukla at the IPL governing council meeting  in Mumbai on Sunday. PTI Photo

Mumbai: BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur along with IPL governing council chairman Rajeev Shukla at the IPL governing council meeting in Mumbai on Sunday. PTI Photo

Taking the first step towards laying out a fresh roadmap for the controversy-marred Indian Premier League (IPL), the BCCI on Sunday decided to float tenders for two new teams to replace the suspended franchises of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). Thereby, it is made clear that the next two Twenty20 IPLs will be an eight-team affair.

“The two vacant slots (created by CSK and RR) should be auctioned for two years. After that, we will decide whether to go for two more franchises or we should confine IPL to eight teams,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said after the BCCI working committee meeting.

In the meeting The BCCI also decided not to terminate the suspended IPL franchises of CSK and RR, putting an end to the speculation surrounding their fate and ensuring their comeback in the cash-rich league in 2018.

Currently both the teams are serving a two-year suspension recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R M Lodha committee for their involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

“The Justice Lodha committee interim report will be implemented fully. The two franchisee teams, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals remain suspended for two years,” said the BCCI in its statement.

However, the BCCI did not clarify whether IPL will be a 10-team affair from 2018, when CSK and RR come back to the fold.

“The decision whether it will be a 10-team affair from 2018 will only be taken at the Annual General Meeting where the other major decisions including bilateral series with Pakistan will be discussed,” a senior BCCI office-bearer told the Press. Notably the Board has scheduled its Annual General Meeting for November 9.

Majority of the BCCI members were not too keen on terminating the two IPL franchises, which were involved in the spot-fixing scandal in 2013.

The Working Committee’s decision was strictly in lines with the suggestions of the IPL Working Group, which comprised of IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, Secretary Anurag Thakur, former India captain Sourav Ganguly and Treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary.

Asked if new franchises will be from Chennai and Jaipur, Shukla said:”City preference is not there as the highest bidder will get to choose.”

However, Majority of the BCCI members were not too keen on termination of the two IPL franchises, which were involved in the spot-fixing scandal in 2013.

But the BCCI top brass has always maintained that it wouldimplement Lodha Committee’s recommendations in toto and since the Supreme Court appointed committee had suspended for two years, the Working group also stuck by it.