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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took a major decision on the IPL at its 89th Annual General Meeting (AGM). In 2021, 8 teams will play in the tournament as before, but in 2022, two more teams will be added. In addition, every first-class cricketer (men and women) will be compensated for the losses incurred by Corona.
The meeting was held at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday. It was decided that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly would remain on the ICC board as a director. As well as Rajiv Shukla B was formally appointed as the Vice President of the BCCI.
Chetan became the chairman of the selection committee
Former cricketer Chetan Sharma has been made the chairman (chief selector) of the BCCI’s senior national selection committee. At the same time, former India and Mumbai fast bowlers Abhay Kuruvilla and Devashish Mohanty were also made members of the selection committee. The new selection committee will select the team for the home series against England in February next year.
These 10 decisions were taken at the meeting
- The BCCI will support the ICC’s decision to include cricket in the 2028 Olympics, following clarifications from the International Olympic Committee.
- BCCI president Sourav Ganguly will continue to be a director on the ICC board. In his absence, Secretary Jai Shah will assume this responsibility.
- Shah will also be India’s representative in the ICC. He will represent the board at the ICC’s chief executive meeting.
- All domestic tournaments will be held in January after the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 Championship.
- Rajiv Shukla was formally appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the Board. The post was vacated by Mahim Chaudhary.
- BCCI Secretary Jai Shah and Treasurer Arun Dhumal will hold talks with the Center to seek tax exemption for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and 2023 ODI World Cup. India will host both the World Cups. The BCCI will lose about Rs 904 crore due to non-payment of tax exemption for the T20 World Cup.
- According to sources, the BCCI has increased the insurance cover for cricketers from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
- In addition, the board has raised the retirement age of umpires, match referees and scorers from 55 to 60.
- Along with the 14th season of IPL, women’s and men’s tournaments at junior and senior levels will also be held in India. There will also be age-related tournaments such as the Under-23, Under-19 and Under-16 tournaments.
- The meeting also discussed women’s Test cricket the following year. However, the BCCI Apex Council will decide on this.
In which cities could the new franchise be?
Ahmedabad is at the forefront of the new franchise. Anyway, the country’s largest stadium Ahmedabad has been built by the Gujarat Cricket Association in Ahmedabad with a capacity of 1 lakh 10 thousand spectators. Along with this, the IPL will also get more spectators in the matches to be played here. Pune, Kanpur or Lucknow are named in the race for the second franchise.
New franchises, so buyers are also new?
- Gautam Adani, owner of Adani Group, one of the richest people in the country, has already expressed his desire to buy an IPL franchise. Now that the name of Ahmedabad is ahead, the Gujarati businessman has found a reason to join the IPL.
- Adani could face a tough fight with RPG group’s Sanjeev Goenka. Goenka has been the owner of Pune Supergiants for part of the IPL.
- Southern superstar Mohanlal is also said to be keen to buy a new IPL franchise. Along with him are the big businessmen of the south. Mohanlal also visited Dubai during the recently concluded IPL. Such speculation has been going on since then.
What does it mean to grow teams in the IPL?
- For players: After the IPL, which ended in November, it was known as the most successful IPL in terms of team performance. Since then, many former players have also advocated increasing the number of teams in the IPL. He says more players will get a chance.
- For BCCI: As the number of teams increases, so will the number of matches. With this, the BCCI expects a significant increase in revenue.
- For broadcasters: This could add to the woes of IPL broadcast partner Star India. The star is already under a lot of pressure due to the high IPL license fees. Now the number of matches with 10 teams will increase to 94. With the addition of 34 additional matches, Star India will have to pay more than Rs 1,700 crore in license fees, which could make it difficult.