IPL 2021 could be a longer and grander affair as the news is that the Indian Cricket Board is planning to induct two new IPL teams in the 14th season of the richest T20 league. The decision on the two teams is excepted to be finalised and announced on December 24.
Arun Dhumal, treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), confirmed to AFP that the agenda is on the cards and would be discussed on December 24. “We will discuss it with the members and see what their views are and then take a call,” said Dhumal.
The BCCI surely wants to cash in on the record audience turnout that it excepts in 2021 after a long year for Indians having to stay behind closed doors. The consideration could also be a result of the record viewership that IPL season 13 garnered.
The IPL has an estimated brand value of $6.8 billion and some of the games this year drew more than 200 million viewers in India alone.
The contribution of the league to India’s GDP has been phenomenal over the years and adding two extra teams to it would only better those stats.
Also, being the richest T20 league, it fills in the pockets of not only the franchisees but also the players from across the world.
As per a report, Virat Kohli alone made a whopping $2.3 million in 2020 while playing for Royal Challengers Banglore.
As of now, Ahmedabad is being considered to become the first of the two new teams being planned to be inducted in the 14th edition of the league while Lucknow or Kanpur could be another.
According to reports, Indian conglomerates Adani Group and RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, which entered Rising Pune Supergiant for two IPL seasons, have shown interest in the new teams.