New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will “most likely” hold the auction for the two new Indian Premier League (IPL) teams on October 17, sources told IANS.Also Read - India to Play Cancelled 5th Test vs England in July 2022, All You Need to Know About Revised Dates, Venues of Test, T20I and ODI Series

“Yeah, the auction will be held, most likely, on October 17 and clarifications on the same can be sought up to September 21, the ITT (Invitation To Tender) document will also be available for purchase till October 5,” said a BCCI official. “However, the confirmed date and venue will be intimated to the bidders later.” Also Read - After Manchester United, Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh Set To Bid For New IPL Team in 2022 Season: Report

A bidder can bid for two to six cities, and currently, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Indore, Cuttack, Guwahati and Dharamsala are available for bidding. The BCCI had already made it clear that each bidder would have a net worth of Rs 2500 crore and the company has to have a turnover of Rs 3000 crore. Also Read - BCCI Could Earn up to USD 5 Billion From IPL Broadcasting Rights Only

According to reports, few parties are believed to have bought the ITT document. One of them is Sanjiv Goenka of the RPSG Group who previously owned the Pune franchise for two years. Goenka is tipped to buy the Lucknow team.

Currently, the cash-rich tournament has eight teams and each team plays seven home and as many away games. However, in the revised scenario, there could be nine home and nine away games.