Chennai, Rajasthan set for IPL comeback in 2018
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), who were suspended for two years from the Indian Premier League (IPL), are set to make a comeback in 2018 after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided not to terminate the franchises.
In the BCCI working committee meeting, the decision was taken to adhere to the Supreme Court appointed Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha committee’s decision of suspending the teams for a period of two years.
In an official media release, the BCCI disclosed that they have decided to float tenders for two new IPL teams which will take part in the 2016 and 2017 editions.
“The Justice Lodha committee interim report will be implemented fully,” said the media release.
“The two franchisee teams, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals 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).”
A senior BCCI official disclosed that the decision regarding the 2018 IPL will be taken at the Annual General Meeting which is currently slated to be held on 9th November in Mumbai.
"The decision whether it will be a 10-team affair from 2018 will only be taken at the AGM where the other major decisions including bilateral series with Pakistan will be discussed," a senior BCCI office-bearer told the Press Trust of India.
The BCCI has picked the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo Mobiles as the title sponsor for the IPL to replace PepsiCo.
The decisions regarding the IPL were taken after consultation with the IPL working group consisting of, Rajiv Shukla (IPL chairman), Anurag Thakur (BCCI secretary), Sourav Ganguly and Aniruddh Chaudhary (BCCI treasurer).
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