Two former champion teams of the Indian Power League have been suspended by the BCCI—The Chennai Super-kings and the Rajasthan Royals for the next two seasons. The Lodha Panel, which investigated the IPL scandal has suspended the owners of the two above mentioned franchises for a couple of years.
The Board has taken a decision to invite bids from two new teams only. That means the BCCI is sticking to the 8 team format for the 9th edition of IPL.
“No, [it will be] just eight teams. That’s why the tenders will be given for only two years,” Shukla said. “Whichever bidder is interested in buying a team for two years will get it. Then we’ll see what to do, whether we should make it a 10-team tournament or what… [For now] the two bids will be invited for two years only for the two vacant slots,” said IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla Shukla in a media statement.
The IPL title sponsorship goes to Vivo Mobiles, a mobile manufacturing giant of China. Pepsi Co, the previous title sponsors have ended their deal with the Indian Board two years prior to the time-bound according to the original contract.
The decisions were taken in the first meeting chaired by the new president of the BCCI, Shashank Manohar. Among the other decisions taken on Sunday’s working committee meeting, the BCCI also decided to hold its Annual General Meeting on November 9. It also extended Nike’s deal as apparel sponsors.
The Justice Lodha committee interim report will be implemented fully. The two franchisee teams, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings remain suspended for two years. BCCI will float tenders and invite bids for two new teams to replace CSK & RR in the Indian Premier League for 2016 and 2017 (2 years),” BCCI said in a media advisory after the meeting.