Indian Premier League set to become a 10-team tournament from 2022

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The Indian Premier League is set to become a 10-team tournament from 2022; The BCCI board also discussed the possible admission of cricket to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

By Reuters

Last updated: 24/12/20 14:55

Rohit Sharma led the Mumbai Indians in honor of this year’s IPL

The Indian Premier League is expected to be a 10-team affair from 2022 after the Indian cricket board approved a proposal to add two more franchises to the world’s richest Twenty20 competition on Thursday.

The eight-team league, with an estimated brand value of $ 6.8 billion, drew record television and digital viewing figures this year, despite being staged in the United Arab Emirates following the Covid-19 rise in India.

“We have received approval in principle to add two more teams after talking to all stakeholders,” confirmed Arun Singh Dhumal, India’s Cricket Board [BCCI] cashier.

“Now the question will be discussed in the IPL Board of Directors – how and when to add the teams.”

Local media have previously reported that Indian conglomerates Adani Group and RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, which owned the now defunct Pune franchise for two IPL seasons, have shown interest in buying new teams.

The board also discussed the possible admission of cricket to the Olympics in Los Angeles 2028, something the game’s governing international cricket thread [ICC] is very keen on, but did not specify its position.

“It still needs to be discussed. We need more clarity on this issue [from ICC], “Added Dhumal.

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