The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly planning the expansion of the number of teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in coming years. The league has had 8 franchises for the last 8 years, but the growing revenue opportunities and interest of the fans might bring in some more teams now.
Reports suggest that the BCCI has decided to increase the number of teams to 10 by the year 2021 as it is currently figuring out a way to get around the bidding process and some legal technicalities.
“The plan is ready. Expansion is a certainty. What needs to be worked out is the tender process and how to go about it. Expect things to fall in place soon, certainly before the next IPL edition,” said a BCCI source.
A number of big names of the Indian business industry including TATA Group, The Adani Group, The Goenkas, and businessmen from Uttar Pradesh have shown interest in buying an IPL team whenever it becomes available for sale.