The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday confirmed that 10 teams will take part in the Indian Premier League from 2022. The decision was taken in the BCCI AGM meeting on Thursday in Ahemdabad.Also Read - T20 World Cup: Jason Holder Replaces Obed McCoy in West Indies Squad

“Two new teams will be introduced in the 2022 IPL,” a Board source told PTI. Also Read - BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to Step Down From ATK Mohun Bagan Role to Avoid Conflict of Interest

The BCCI also took another important decision to compensate all first-class players for curtailed domestic tournaments like season due to the COVID19 pandemic. Also Read - T20 World Cup: How Inswinger And Googly Could Cause Trouble For Indian Team

“All first-class players, both men and women, to be suitably compensated for the curtailed domestic season due to COVID-19 pandemic,” a BCCI source said according to PTI.

The cricket governing body also decided to increase the retirement age of referees, umpires and scorers to 60. Earlier it was 55.

According to the reports, BCCI will also back ICC’s bid for the inclusion in the Olympic Games of 2028

“BCCI to back ICC’s bid for cricket’s inclusion in 2028 Los Angeles Olympics after some clarifications from IOC,” a Board source said according to PTI.

Brijesh Patel will also continue to head the IPL governing council.

The BCCI also took a decision in the favour of current board President Sourav Ganguly to continue as a director in the ICC Board. While BCCI Secretary Jay Shah will be the alternate director as well as India’s representative at the Chief Executive Committee meets of the ICC.

In other decisions, former IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla was officially appointed the BCCI’s vice president in place of his protege Mahim Verma from Uttarakhand.

Meanwhile, there was no discussion on Sourav Ganguly endorsing My11 Circle fantasy gaming app, which is a direct competitor of Dream11 — the IPL title sponsor.

“Not a single question was asked and contrary to a particular media report, it was never a topic of discussion.

“Ganguly is legally in the clear and as far as asking questions is concerned, the BCCI never questioned erstwhile N Srinivasan after his son-in-law was arrested for alleged spot-fixing in 2013. That was way more grave,” a state unit member said.

BCCI likely to lose USD 123 million in ICC revenue if no tax exemption:

The BCCI has decided that if its does not get full tax exemption from the government of India to host the World T20 next year, as sought by the ICC, then it would agree to deduction from its annual revenue of USD 390 million from the global body.

“We have told the ICC that we will approach our government for tax rebate but if we don’t get that exemption, the amount, which is around USD 123 million, will be deducted from our annual revenue, so we will get around USD 267 million. But India is hosting the 2021 T20 World Cup,” the source said.