IPL 2021: BCCI to release tender post-Diwali week for 9th IPL franchise

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IPL 2020 is a wrap as Mumbai Indians decimated Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets to win the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

However, not finding any cricket on their TV sets at 7:30 PM has been challenging to deal with. Therefore, as a coping up mechanism, the fans have already started talking about IPL 2021.

Grateful for them, the planning has already started for IPL 2021. The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) will have to conduct the IPL 2021 roughly four months from now on. However, two major decisions are yet to be taken regarding the auction and interestingly an additional 9th IPL team!

Update regarding a potential 9th franchise

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According to a report, it is yet to be decided whether tender for the new franchise will be limited to one team or more.

“The tender is most likely to come after Diwali, once a decision is taken in this regard. And regardless of whether it’s one franchise or two, if new teams come in then a mega auction cannot be avoided,” sources said.

The report further says that BCCI top office bearers and the league’s governing council will meet in the next 3 days and make a decision for the tender. Reportedly heavyweights like the Adani Group, the Tatas, the RPG-Sanjiv Goenka, Uday Kotak, and Ronnie Screwwala have shown interest in owning a franchise in IPL.

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The first and really positive indication coming from the BCCI camp is that a full auction will be conducted for the IPL 2021. The auction will be conducted either at the end of December or the first week of January. Reportedly, the BCCI has informally discussed the matter with franchises as well. The final decision will be taken in the next 2-3 weeks according to a BCCI official.

It will be interesting to see a full auction as teams like Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and Kings XI Punjab would look to build a new skeleton for their team. It will also be beneficial for talented Indian players who have been toiling in the domestic circuit or working under the watchful eye of Rahul Dravid.

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