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CSA keen to host IPL 2022; sends proposal to BCCI

Even as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to finalise the venue for the upcoming 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Cricket South Africa (CSA) has reportedly shown interest in staging the upcoming season of the cash-rich league if it has to be shifted from India due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

As per reports, the CSA has said that South Africa would be a cheaper option for staging the showpiece event as compared to the UAE where the second leg of the league was held in 2021.

A report in cricbuzz.com has said that discussions are on between the BCCI and CSA “with particular emphasis on venues for which there would be no or bare minimum air travel, cutting down on the expenses for the franchises”.

CSA has also reportedly assured that the hotel tariffs in South Africa would be “significantly cheaper than in UAE”.

As per the report, CSA has given the proposal to host the matches in four centres in and around Johannesburg, with the teams’ bio-secure environment in the capital city. The four venues — Wanderers Stadium (Johannesburg), Centurion Park (Pretoria), Willowmoore Park (Benoni) and Senwes Cricket Stadium (Potchefstroom) — are floodlit and within driving distance from one another.

Also, the report suggested that as the upcoming edition will be a 10-team affair, the CSA had also proposed a part of the league could be played at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town and nearby Paarl ground.

Earlier, the BCCI had said that the venue for IPL 2022 will be finalised around February 20, with India being the front-runner and the UAE and South Africa also viable options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, Team India had completed its three-Test and three-ODI engagement in South Africa without any bio-bubble breach or COVID-related issues following which South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith had thanked BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah and the Indian team for showing ‘faith’ in CSAt o organise the tour of the country.

South Africa had hosted the IPL in 2009 across eight venues, but then there were no COVID-19 concerns.

Earlier on January BCCI secretary had announced that the 2022 season of IPL will begin in the last week of March and will conclude in May.

After a meeting with the owners of the franchises of the league, Shah in an official statement said: “I am delighted to confirm that the 15th season of the IPL will start in the last week of March and will run until May end. A majority of the team owners expressed their wish that the tournament be held in India. The BCCI was always keen on staging the 2022 edition that will see two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – in India,”

“I can tell you that we will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that IPL stays in India. The BCCI has not compromised on the health and safety of its stakeholders in the past and will concurrently work on Plan B since the COVID-19 situation with new variants remains fluid. The mega IPL Auction will take place on February 12-13th and we will lock in venues before that,” he added.

The BCCI secretary however, didn’t announced the venue of the mega auctions however, several reports suggest that the two-day affair is most likely to be staged in Bengaluru.

Earlier following the end of the registration for the 2022 player auction on January 20, 1,214 players had registered for the two-day event..

Of the 1,214 players, 896 are Indians while the remaining 318 are overseas, who have signed up for the auction.

The upcoming IPL 2022 mega auction will see the newly inducted franchises — Ahmedabad and Lucknow — entering the bandwagon.

IPL 2022: Lucknow franchise to be called Lucknow Super Giants

One of the two new franchises to enter the Indian Premier League (IPL) from the upcoming 2022 season, the Lucknow-based team on Monday announced ‘Lucknow Super Giants’ as their name ending weeks of speculation.

Notably, the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, who previously ran the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPSG) team in 2016 and 2017 IPLs, had bought the rights of the Lucknow franchise for a whopping Rs 7,090 crore in October, 2021.

Earlier, the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) had named Flamboyant India opener KL Rahul as its skipper for a whopping 17 crore.

Meanwhile, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and young Ravi Bishnoi were also signed by the LSG ahead of the mega auction which will be held on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru.

While Stoinis will receive Rs 9.2 Crore, Bishnoi will be paid Rs 4 crore.

The 21-year-old Bishni is yet to play for India but has been impressed in the cash-rich league as playing for the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the last two seasons, he had bagged 12 wickets each in both the 2020 and 2021.

After signing of these three players, the LSG, which had also appointed Andy Flower and Gautam Gambhir as the head coach and mentor respectively, will now go into the auction with a purse of Rs 58 crore.

Earlier, the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group had bagged the ownership rights of the Lucknow franchise on October 25 in the team auction in Dubai. On the other hand, CVC Capital had acquired the Ahmedabad franchise for for Rs 5625 crore. After acquiring the teams, both Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and CVC Capital will need to pay the entire amount over a period of 10 years.

Notably in the team auctions in October 2021, as many as 10 parties had entered the bidding war and had got an option to choose from from six centres – Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Cuttack, Dharamsala, Guwahati and Indore – to base their team in.

All the interested parties were asked to submit two envelopes – one for personal and financial credentials and the second for the bid and the entire process was overseen by the IPL Governing Council as well as the BCCI top officials like president Ganguly, secretary Shah, treasurer Arun Dhumal, vice-president Rajeev Shukla and joint-secretary Jayesh George.

The addition of Ahmedabad and Lucknow means the total number of teams rises to 10 from eight.

Last week, after a meeting with the owners of the franchises of the league, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah had announced that the 2022 season will begin in the last week of March and will conclude in May.

The BCCI secretary however, didn’t announced the venue of the mega auctions however, several reports suggest that the two-day affair is most likely to be staged in Bengaluru.

Notably,  1,214 players had registered for the upcoming auction. Of the 1,214 players, 896 are Indians while the remaining 318 are overseas, who have signed up for the auction.

IPL 2022 from last week of March; Mega Auction on Feb 12-13: Jay Shah

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah on Saturday announced that the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin in the last week of March and will conclude in May.

After a meeting with the owners of the franchises of the league, Shah in an official statement said: “I am delighted to confirm that the 15th season of the IPL will start in the last week of March and will run until May end. A majority of the team owners expressed their wish that the tournament be held in India. The BCCI was always keen on staging the 2022 edition that will see two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – in India,”

“I can tell you that we will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that IPL stays in India. The BCCI has not compromised on the health and safety of its stakeholders in the past and will concurrently work on Plan B since the COVID-19 situation with new variants remains fluid. The mega IPL Auction will take place on February 12-13th and we will lock in venues before that,” he added.

The BCCI secretary however, didn’t announced the venue of the mega auctions however, several reports suggest that the two-day affair is most likely to be staged in Bengaluru.

Earlier following the end of the registration for the 2022 player auction on January 20, 1,214 players had registered for the two-day event..

Of the 1,214 players, 896 are Indians while the remaining 318 are overseas, who have signed up for the auction.

The upcoming IPL 2022 mega auction will see the newly inducted franchises — Ahmedabad and Lucknow — entering the bandwagon.

Of the list, 61 are capped Indian players while 209 are capped international cricketers. 143 players are uncapped Indians who were a part of previous IPL seasons, while six players are uncapped internationals who were a part of previous IPL seasons. In terms of uncapped players, 692 players from India and 62 international players have registered themselves.

Earlier, a total of 33 players were either retained or picked ahead of the auctions,

Notably, the existing eight IPL franchises have retained a total of 27 players while the two new IPL teams (Ahmedabad and Lucknow) have picked six players (three each) ahead of the auction.

List of IPL Retention:

CSK: Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali and Ruturaj Gaikwad.

DC: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw and Anrich Nortje.

KKR: Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer and Sunil Narine.

MI: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard.

PBKS: Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh.

RR: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal.

RCB: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj.

SRH: Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad and Umran Malik.

Ahmedabad Franchise: Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill.

Lucknow Franchise: KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis and Ravi Bishnoi.

Spike in Covid cases could force BCCI to take IPL 2022 overseas

After partially hosting the previous season of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might once again be forced to stage the upcoming 15th season of the lucrative league away from India in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

Notably, the full 2020 season and half of the 2021 IPL season were staged in the UAE due to the global pandemic.

Once again, India is witnessing a massive spike in Covid-19 cases and if things don’t improve in the coming months, the Indian board would shift the cash-rich league to South Africa or Sri Lanka.

According to a report in Indian Express, the BCCI is extremely pleased with the current arrangements made by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on the ongoing India tour and as a result, it is looking at the rainbow nation as a viable option. Significantly, South Africa had also hosted the 2009 edition of IPL due to the general elections in India.

Meanwhile, the report also suggested that the island nation of Sri Lanka is also part of Plan B for the Indian board.

Notably, the 15 season is all set to be the longest-ever with the addition of the two new teams – Lucknow and Ahmedabad recently.

Although the BCCI had staged the previous two seasons in the Middle East, it is now looking for a new venue as it doesn’t want to be over-dependent on the UAE every time and also the time difference would suit the players in the rainbow nation.

“We can’t be dependent on UAE all the time so we decided to explore more options, South Africa’s time difference also works out well for the players,” said a BCCI official as quoted by Indian Express.

According to the report, the arrangements in South Africa for the ongoing three-Test series has pleased the BCCI.

“The place where the team was staying for the second Test is spread over several acres. There were walking tracks and even a pond on the property and that has made things easier for the players who for the last couple of years or so have been confined to their rooms on several overseas tours,” an official said.

Few days back, an another report in the Time of India (ToI) had suggested that the BCCI is mullling to organise the entire league in Maharashtra, across four venues – Brabourne Stadium and Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai and Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA) in Gahunje in Pune however, the rising Covid cases led to the postponement of the Ranji Trophy, women’s T20 league and has now forced the Indian board to redraw the IPL 2022 schedule even as it had wanted the upcoming season to be held in India.

Recently, BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla has said that the BCCI will make every effort to ensure that the next edition of IPL takes place in India.

Before Shukla, BCCI secretary Jay Shah in November 2021 had also said that the next IPL season will take place in India. While attending an event, “The Champions Call” in Chennai, which was organised to celebrate Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) fourth IPL victory, Shah has assured that the cash-rich league will return to India and it will be even more exciting as two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow will be joining the lucrative league.

“I know you all are waiting to see the CSK play at Chepauk. Well, the moment is not very far. The 15th season of the IPL will take place in India and it will be more exciting than ever with two new teams joining,” the BCCI secretary said.

Looking to take Indian cricket, IPL forward to greater heights with TATA: Jay Shah

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Jay Shah on Tuesday said that along with the TATA group, the Indian cricket board will look to take the sport and the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) to greater heights after confirming that the Indian multinational conglomerate headquartered in Mumbai as the new title sponsor of the lucrative league.

“This is indeed a momentous occasion for the BCCI IPL as the Tata Group is the epitome of global Indian enterprise with an over 100-year-old legacy and operations in more than 100 countries across six continents. The BCCI like the TATA Group is keen to promote the spirit of cricket across international borders, and the growing popularity of the IPL as a global sporting franchise bears testimony to the BCCI’s efforts,” Shah said in an official statement.

“We are truly happy that India’s largest and most trusted business group has believed in the IPL growth story and together with the Tata Group, we will look to take Indian cricket and the IPL forward to greater heights,” he added.

Notably, Vivo had a couple of years left in its sponsorship deal with the cash-rich league and during this period, Tata will remain the main sponsor.

The chinese mobile manufacturer had signed a deal of Rs 2200 crore for title sponsorship rights between 2018-2022 however, the agreement was paused for a year in 2020 in the backdrop of the Galwan Valley military face-off between the Indian and Chinese Army soldiers. In 2020, the rights were transferred to fantasy gaming platform Dream 11.

Later, Vivo was back as the league’s title sponsor in 2021 and the original five-year deal got extended till 2023 due to the one-year break.

After the IPL’s GC decision, the Tata Group will step in and remain the title sponsor for the 2022 and 2023 seasons of the lucrative league.

Meanwhile, the two new franchises of the IPL – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – also reportedly received the formal clearance from the IPL GC.

Earlier in October last year, the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital had bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the IPL for Rs 7090 crores and 5625 crores respectively.

However, CVC Sports acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise in the league had come under scanner following its association with the Milan-based betting company due to which there was a delay in issuing the Letter of Intent (LoI) by the Indian board.

Significantly, Tuesday’s IPL GC meeting was mainly called to issue the formal clearance to the new franchises.

The IPL 2022, which will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams, is most likely to begin on April 2 in Chennai. Although the fixtures of the upcoming season have not been finalised yet however, the board had internally conveyed to the key stakeholders that the board is planning to start the 16th edition of the lucrative league on April 2 in Chennai.

As the next season will have a total of 74 games, the BCCI has discussed internally that the length of the season will be for over 60 days. As a result, the final could be played in the first weekend of June.

Lucknow, Ahmedabad to receive Letter of Intent from BCCI after IPL GC meet

The two new franchises of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – have received the virtual clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) however, the formal clearance will be given handed to them after a meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council (GC) on Tuesday (January 11), it has been reported.

“The two teams have been cleared and we will issue the Letter of Intent (LoI) after tomorrow’s GC meeting. The teams are through by all practical purposes,” IPL chairman Brijesh Patel was quoted as sayong Cricbuzz.

Earlier in October last year, the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital had bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the IPL for Rs 7090 crores and 5625 crores respectively.

However, CVC Sports acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise in the league had come under scanner following its association with the Milan-based betting company.

Significantly, CVC’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise had raised many questions following which there has been a delay from the Indian board in handing the Letter of Intent to CVC.

CVC, an American firm, has been trying its best to explain to the Indian board that their investment in a UK betting firm is not illegal.

As per reports, the CVC had later tried to convince the BCCI that its investment in betting firm, which has become a bone of contention, is not illegal and moreover, few top CVC officials had flown to India to have talks with the BCCI office-bearers.

After CVC had acquired one of the two franchise, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi ruffled a few feathers by drawing attention to the companies association with the Milan-based betting company Sisal. “I guess betting companies can buy an IPL team. must be a new rule. apparently, one qualified bidder also owns a big betting company. what next? does BCCI not do their homework? what can Anti-corruption do in such a case? #cricket,” Modi had tweetd.

Later, the Indian board reportedly discussed the CVC Sports matter to the Solicitor General of India – Tushar Mehta – who represents the board in matters not involving the Government of India and reports suggested that the initial recommendation from Solicitor General was believed to be positive.

The IPL 2022, which will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams, is most likely to begin on April 2 in Chennai.

Although the fixtures of the upcoming season have not been finalised yet however, the board had internally conveyed to the key stakeholders that the board is planning to start the 16th edition of the lucrative league on April 2 in Chennai.

As the next season will have a total of 74 games, the BCCI has discussed internally that the length of the season will be for over 60 days. As a result, the final could be played in the first weekend of June.

BCCI postpones Cooch Behar trophy knockout matches due to Covid-19

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to postponement the knockout stage matches of the Cooch Behar Trophy following some positive Covid-19 cases within the team environment, it announced on Monday.

Issuing a statement, the board said that keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind, the knockout matches to be held in Pune have been put on hold until further notice.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced the postponement of the knockout stage matches of the Cooch Behar Trophy following some positive COVID-19 cases within the team environment,” the board’s statement said.

“Keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind, the knockout matches to be held in Pune have been put on hold until further notice. The BCCI had conducted 93 matches across 20 venues in the league stage. The Board will continue to monitor the situation and identify a new window once the situation improves,” it added.

Notably, as many as 93 matches across 20 venues were held in the league stage following which eight teams – Mumbai, Maharashtra, Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Bengal had qualified for the Cooch Behar Trophy knockouts.

The qualified teams were scheduled to play their four-day knockout matches (Jharkhand v Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan v Mumbai, Maharashtra v Vidarbha and Bengal v Haryana) in Pune starting from Tuesday (January 11).

Meanwhile, in a mail to the state associations, secretary Jay Shah said: “Unfortunately, there have been Covid 19 cases within the team environment and we are now forced postpone the knockout stage, keeping the health and safety of everyone concerned. I thank your understanding and for supporting us in our decision to postpone the domestic tournaments in view of the rising Covid-19 cases across India.”

“As estimated, the caseload shot up immediately. I believe a timely call was taken and it will help us curb the spread of the new variant which is more infectious. At the time, it was decided that Cooch Behar Trophy, which had already started, can continue as we had successfully completed the league stage involving 93 matches across 20 venues. We were set for the knockout stage in Pune with quarterfinals from tomorrow but with just 7 matches left in the tournament, the virus has raised its head again,” he added.

Significantly, the board’s decision comes after a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases, particularly in Maharashtra, and also due to detection of cases of infection among the participating teams.

Earlier, the BCCI had postponed the Ranji Trophy, Col CK Nayudu Trophy and the Senior Women’s T20 League due to rising number of Covid cases in the country.

While the Ranji Trophy and the Col CK Nayudu Trophy were scheduled to begin in January, the women’s affair was scheduled to commence next month.

Ranji, CK Nayudu Trophy women’s T20 league postponed due to Covid-19

In the wake of the rising Covid-19 cases across the nation, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to postpone the upcoming Ranji Trophy, Col CK Nayudu Trophy and senior women’s T20 League for the 2021-22 season.

The Ranji Trophy, which was alo not held last season due to the pandemic, was set to commence this month and was scheduled to be held in six cities — Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Trivandrum.

On the other hand, the CK Nayudu Trophy was scheduled to begin this month whlie the Women’s T20 league was scheduled to start in February.

The Indian board said that it took the decision keeping in mind the safety of the players, support staff, match officials, and other participants involved.

“BCCI does not want to compromise the safety of the players, support staff, match officials, and other participants involved and hence, has decided to put the three tournaments on hold till further notice. The BCCI will continue to assess the situation and take a call on the start of the tournaments accordingly,” the board secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.

“BCCI thanks and continues to appreciate the efforts of the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, match officials, and all the service providers who put their best foot forward to host more than 700 matches across 11 tournaments in the current 2021-22 domestic season,” it added.

Earlier, the BCCI had successfully conducted the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy this season before the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the country.

Last week, the BCCI had also postponed the Under-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy, which was scheduled to begin in January 2022.

Significantly, Covid cases have witnessed a sudden spike in India in recent weeks with several states announcing night and weekend curfews besides other restrictions.

On Monday (January 3), several Bengal Ranji players and the team’s assistant coach had returned positive for Covid-19 following which the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) was forced to cancel the team’s training sessions.

“Keeping in mind the current pandemic situation, #CAB had conducted RTPCR Tests of all Bengal cricketers. The results have come & it has been found certain players had tested positive. CAB is taking all necessary precautions & actions in this regard.” Hony Secy #SnehasishGanguly,” CAB had said.

Meanwhile, the CAB had then issued a notice informing about an “emergent meeting” on January 4 to review the current COVID-19 situation.

IPL mega auction on February 12 & 13 in Bengaluru: Report

Although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still to release an official confirmation, a report in Cricbuzz on Thursday claimed that the schedule for the mega auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been finalised wnd will be held on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru.

As per a report in Cricbuzz, the IPL officials have called each franchise and have informed them of the dates and venue.

As the dates for the mega auctions clash with an international game – an ODI between India and West Indies, the board officials insisted that the schedule is final and assured the different franchise that the match will have no bearing on the the auction proceedings and both will go ahead as planned.

“It has been clarified to us that the match and auction are two different things and both will go ahead,” a franchise official was quoted as saying  by Cricbuzz after obtaining clarification from the BCCI.

“If anyone, Star Sports should have a say on this as they are the broadcast rights holders of both the events. It is learnt that Star officials have also been informed about it. A reply from Star is awaited,” it added.

Notably, the second One-Day International between India and West Indies is scheduled for February 12 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Meanwhile, the report further said that the BCCI has written to International boards and state associations recently to send in the names of the players to be enrolled for the auction by January 17.

Significantly, with the mega auctions being held for 10 teams this year with the addition of the Lucknow and Ahmedabad franchise, more than 1000 players are likley to be named for it with as many as between 200 to 250 likley to go under the hammer.

Moreover, the report suggested taht the IPL officials have further informed the franchises that the formal pre-auction briefing, a normal feature of every auction, will be held on February 11 and has asked them to be in Bangalore by evening that day.

Earlier, BCCI secretary, Jay Shah had said that the upcoming season of the cash-rich league will take place in India.

While attending an event, “The Champions Call” in Chennai in November, which was organised to celebrate Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) fourth IPL victory, Shah had confirmed the development.

While addressing the crowd in the event, Shah has assured that the cash-rich league will return to India and it will be even more exciting as two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow will be joining the lucrative league.

“I know you all are waiting to see the CSK play at Chepauk. Well, the moment is not very far. The 15th season of the IPL will take place in India and it will be more exciting than ever with two new teams joining,” the BCCI secretary had said.

IPL 2022 likely to kick-off on April 2, says Report

The next edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), which will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of Ahmedabad and Lucknow recently, is most likely to begin on April 2 in Chennai.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, the fixtures of the upcoming season have not been finalised yet however, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has internally conveyed to the key stakeholders that the board is planning to start the 16th edition of the lucrative league on April 2 in Chennai.

As the next season will have a total of 74 games, the BCCI has discussed internally that the length of the season will be for over 60 days. As a result, the final could be played in the first weekend of June.

In the revised format, each team will have 14 league games with the current format of seven home and away games each retained.

Meanwhile, as the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are the defending champions, Chepauk stadium will be the obvious choice for the inaugural game however, there is no formal call on whether their opponents will, again, be Mumbai Indians, which has been the case mostly.

Recently, in his speech at CSK’s fourth IPL win celebration event in Chennai, board secretary Jay Shah had said that the IPL will be making a return to India after the entire 2020 season and a half-season of 2021 edition were staged in the UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I know you all are waiting to see the CSK play at Chepauk. Well, the moment is not very far. The 15th season of the IPL will take place in India and it will be more exciting than ever with two new teams joining. We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had said at the function.

On the other hand, the Mega Auction for the next IPL season will be staged in December and the board secretary expected that the event will be ever more interesting with new combinations.

“We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had further said.

Earlier on October 25, the BCCI had confirmed that the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital – have bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the cash-rich league.

“BCCI is pleased to announce the following successful bidders (subject to definitive documentation and other formalities being completed): 1. RPSG Ventures Ltd. – Lucknow (for INR 7090 crores) 2. Irelia Company Pte Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) – Ahmedabad (for INR 5625 crores),” the board had said.

This year, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg following which, the board had announced to shift the league to the UAE.