The Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla confirmed that Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions will have to go through a proper fresh bidding process to play in next season of Indian Premier League. Shukla said, GL and RPS “will not get any extension” and if they have to come back in the 2018 season.
The two IPL franchises will be replaced by Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who were banned in 2015 after serving a two-year suspension period for 2013 spot-fixing. It is expected that CSK and RR will feature in 2018 edition of the IPL.
“No extension is being given to both the teams (Rising Pune Supergiant and the Gujarat Lions). The agreement was only for two years. Even if we make it a 10-team league, the two new teams would have to be freshly bid, so they (RPS and the GL) are not being given any extension or anything,” Shukla said.
The IPL Governing Council has decided to stick to the 8-team tournament format since a ten team tournament would increase the matches from 60 to 84, which would make the tournament tiresome and monotonous. Also Check: Sunil Narine scores fastest fifty in IPL history during RCB vs KKR, watch highlights
“Next year, as per SC order, the two (suspended) teams would be back. The issue of whether eight or 10 teams will come up at the IPL GC meeting. So far the plan is to go ahead with eight teams. A 10-team league has to be endorsed by the governing council.”
Shukla also indicated that player retention policy might be enforced after completion of the 10-year cycle, as opposed to all players drafted in for auction after this year.
“We will have a mega auction but retention policy also needs to be decided. The mega auction is not going to take place immediately it will be just before next IPL, so we have enough time to decide.” Also Check: Team India to participate in ICC Champions Trophy 2017
Even, the IPL media rights, which was earlier sold for 10 years from now on will be given only for a span of five years starting from the next year.
“There was an assessment that we should not go for 10-year duration. After 5 years, we don’t know, what would be quantum of league? How big the league would be? The CoA was in agreement of everything. They were sitting together, each decision taken unanimously,” the Congress MP said.
Also, the title sponsorship with Vivo will be cancelled after this year’s IPL. Shukla said next year sponsorship will once again go under the hammer but through e-auction.
“The issue (of e-auction) has been discussed. The IPL staff has been told to talk to the experts. It’s a segregated tender (digital/broadcast/mobile) for different zones, so it becomes difficult.
“But the title sponsorship, there we have decided to go for e-auction. Vivo was there for 2 years and fresh auction will be held.”