A 10-team Indian Premier League is set be approved by the general body during the BCCI’s annual general body meeting to be held in Ahmedabad on December 24.
But it said to only materialise in 2022 instead of the current year.
One of the major points in the agenda of BCCI’s AGM is the inclusion of new IPL franchises.
It is learnt that most of the stakeholders feel that having a nine or 10-team IPL in 2021 will be a hasty decision with the new franchises getting very little time to build a competitive team.
“There are a lot of modalities that needs to be discussed and most of the stakeholders feel that with IPL being held in April, there is very little time for a mega auction and to have a uniform retention policy, agreeable to all the existing franchises,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“You have to invite tenders and have a bidding process ready. In case you have two teams winning bids in late January or early February, they need to be given time for auction which can then be held only in March. That leaves a new team with very little time to plan,” he added.
A 10-team IPL means 94 games and nearly two and half month window which can throw the international calendar into disarray.