The ten-team Indian Premier League (IPL) could be a reality if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) approve the new proposal during its annual general meeting (AGM) scheduled to be held on December 24.
The venue of the 89th BCCI AGM will be declared in a few days’ time.
One of the long list of AGM agendas is to deliberate the inclusion of two new franchises, stated a BCCI notice sent by secretary Jay Shah to its affiliated state associations on Thursday.
The 14th edition of the cash rich IPL will be held most probably in India during the summer. The tentative dates for the 2021 IPL are March end to May end.
The BCCI had to conduct the thirteenth edition of the Dream11 IPL in the United Arab Emirates from September 19 to November 12 due to the raging Covid-19 situation in India.
If all goes well the millions of die-hard Indian cricket fans will get to see the bigger and better version of the IPL in four months’ time in their own backyard.
According to the sources, several corporates have shown interest to be part of the IPL, which is one of the most popular sporting events of the world.
The BCCI will also try to offer stake or a team to promoters of the now-defunct Kochi franchise (Kochi Tuskers) as a compensatory measure.
The BCCI officials have been keen on adding teams to the IPL for a while. Tatas, Adanis, Goenkas and other corporates have shown interest to join the high profile league.