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CSK, RR escape termination, IPL 2018 to feature 10 teams

IPL-CSKBCCI’s Working Committee on Sunday decided against termination of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.

With the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, the cash-rich tournament was reduced to six franchises.

CSK, RR will be back in the IPL in 2018 after serving a two-year suspension and hence that edition will feature 10 teams.

The Indian board will float tenders for new teams that will replace CSK and RR for the 2016 and 2017 editions.

The BCCI said it will invite fresh bids for two new teams, which will be competing from 2016 onwards to complete the eight-team format in the absence of CSK and RR.

The Working Committee’s decision was strictly in lines with the suggestions of the IPL Working Group, which comprised of IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, secretary Anurag Thakur, former India captain Sourav Ganguly and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary.

“The Justice Lodha committee interim report will be implemented fully. 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).”

Majority of the BCCI members were not too keen on termination of the two IPL franchises, which were involved in the spot-fixing scandal in 2013.

The BCCI top brass has always maintained that it would implement Lodha Committee’s recommendations and since the Supreme Court appointed committee had suspended it for two years, the Working group also stuck by it.

The decision was also in consonance with president Shashank Manohar’s statement that BCCI won’t be vindictive towards any of its state units.

Other decisions that were taken and ratified at the meeting included starting the Treasurer’s Office operations from the BCCI Headquarters here at the earliest.

Besides, “M/S Gokhale & Sathe has been appointed as the internal auditors of the BCCI. They replace M/S P.B Vijayragahavan & Company. The Board has appointed M/S Deloitte for ‘Project Transformation,” the BCCI stated.

The BCCI also appointed Price Water House Cooper as the independent agency for due diligence on the utilisation of funds provided to the state associations.

“The BCCI rules regarding Conflict of Interest and the amendments to the Rules and Regulations of the Board are being proposed for the consideration at the AGM,” it added.

The Board said it was also looking to revive the National Cricket Academy.

“As proposed by the president, the revival of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) as the centre of excellence is the top most priority of the BCCI. Board will look at the lands offered by KIADB. Mr. MP Pandove (Chairman NCA), Mr. Rajeev Shukla, Mr. Anirudh Chaudhry (Hon.Treasurer-BCCI) and Mr. Amitabh Choudhary (Joint Secretary – BCCI) will inspect the lands offered by KIADB and finalise the deal within one month.”

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