By Amlan Chakraborty
NEW DELHI, Dec.24 (Reuters) – The Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to become a 10-team affair from 2022 after the Indian Cricket Council on Thursday approved a proposal to add two more franchises to the Twenty20 competition in the richest in the world.
The eight-team league, with an estimated brand value of $ 6.8 billion, has attracted a record number of viewers and digital audiences this year, although it was hosted in the United Arab Emirates following of the COVID-19 outbreak in India. received approval in principle to add two more teams after discussing with all stakeholders, ”Arun Singh Dhumal, treasurer of the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI), told Reuters after the AGM from Ahmedabad.
“Now the question will be discussed at the IPL Board of Directors – how and when to add the teams.”
Local media have reported in the past that Indian conglomerates Adani (NS 🙂 Group and RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, which had owned the Pune franchise for two IPL seasons, have expressed interest in purchasing new teams.
The board also discussed the possible inclusion of cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, which the International Cricket Council (ICC) which governs the game holds very strongly, but did not elaborate on its position.
“This has yet to be discussed. We need more clarity on this issue (from the ICC),” Dhumal said.
Another thorny issue that came up at the meeting was obtaining tax exemptions, as required by the ICC of host countries, for the 2021 World Cup 2021 and the 50th World Cup in 2023.
“We will have to talk to the government and get the exemption,” Dhumal said.