The Indian Premier League will now see 10 teams compete for glory. The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) had conducted bids at the Taj Hotel in Dubai to sell rights of the two new teams. As reported, 22 entities bought bid documents but not all were present.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) unveiled Ahmedabad and Lucknow as the two new teams for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Sanjiv Goenka’s RPSG Group picked lucknow as their home base with a successfully bid for a whooping amount of Rs 7090 crores. The second in line were CVC Capital Partners who’ve opted for Ahmedabad as their home base with a bid of 5625 crore.
QUALIFICATION MODEL :
This will not be the first time that the Indian Premier League (IPL) will feature with 10 teams, the 2011 season too did see 10 teams and this will get back the same 2011 model in play. There will now be 74 games including 4 knockout matches, than the regular 64. The franchises will be divided into two groups, both consisting 5 teams each. Each team will be required to play a total of 14 games before the knockouts, twice against each other in their own group, one each against four members of the other group and twice against the remaining one franchise.
After the completion of the league stage, 4 teams topping the points table will be qualifying for the knockouts. The knockouts model remains the same, qualifier 1, eliminator, qualifier 2 and the final.
The mega auction is believed to be held early next year in January, that’ll see many stars go under the hammer. The IPL governing council will meet post the ongoing T20 World Cup to make final calls on the mega-auction dates.
BCCI had come up with an idea to strengthen the two new teams by allowing them to pick 3 players from the auction pool before the start of the auction. A couple of current franchise were unhappy with this idea as they wished BCCI first clears speculations on Right to Match (RTM) cards. After an informal discussions this week it’s believed that the 3 player pick will go ahead and the combination will be of two Indians and one overseas player.
Recent developments state that the current 8 franchise will be allowed to retain a maximum of 4 players, 3 Indians and 1 foreign or 2 Indians and 2 foreign players. The three/two Indians that’ll be retained by franchises can all be capped, all uncapped or a mix of both. There are no Right to match cards available for the upcoming mega auction.
A player will himself make a final call if he wants to be retained or if he wants to go back into the auction pool. There’s an update on David Warner, he’ll be starting fresh and will go under the hammer.
Franchise are likely to be given time till the end of November to retain players and the mega auction will be held early in January 2022.