The next edition of 2018 is all set to welcome the banned teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. This would result in ouster of two teams that were formed as a replacement couple of years back which were Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions.
The news was confirmed by Rajeev Shukla who said “No extension is being given to both the teams (RPS and Lions). The agreement was only for two years. Even if we make it a 10-team league, the two new teams would have to be freshly bid, so they (RPS and GL) are not being given any extension or anything.” He said “Next year, as per SC order, the two (suspended) teams would be back. The issue of whether 8 or 10 teams will come up at the IPL GC meeting. So far the plan is to go ahead with 8 teams. A 10-team league has to be endorsed by the Governing Council.”
The IPL governing council still prefers 8 team tournament since making it to 10 will have 84 matches in total.
“We will have a mega auction but retention policy also needs to be decided. The mega-auction is not going to take place immediately it will be just before next IPL, so we have enough time to decide” and continued “There was an assessment that we should not go for the 10-year duration. After 5 years, we don’t know, what would be the quantum of the league? How big would the league be? The COA was in agreement with everything. They were sitting together, each decision was taken unanimously”
“The issue (of e-auction) has been discussed. The IPL staff has been told to talk to the experts. It’s a segregated tender (digital/broadcast/mobile) for different zones, so it becomes difficult.
“But the title sponsorship, there we have decided to go for e-auction. Vivo was there for 2 years and fresh auction will be held.”
The teams CSK and RR is all expected to get their marquee players and the other players would be decided on auction. The teams are making their comeback after they were handed over a 2 years ban in 2015 in alleged cricket betting scandal.