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Rajeev Shukla promises bigger, better IPL 9 with more than six teams

Rajeev-ShuklaIndian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla on Thursday assured fans that IPL9 would be better than previous editions.

The Congress MP, while speaking also stated that all issues of teams and the tournament format was being worked upon and that a decision regarding the same could be taken at the Governing Council meeting on July 19 in Mumbai.

In all probability, the next IPL will not be restricted to six teams and the board will take a call after studying and analyzing all the proposals that are on the table.

Shukla also disclosed that the Indian board was serious about tackling corruption in cricket and that guilty players would not be spared with regards to this matter.

Stung by the Lodha Committee order, BCCI was now working out a contingency plan to ensure that the high-profile league remains an eight-team affair.

The officials have already started informal discussion on the way forward before the IPL Governing Council meets for an emergency session in Mumbai on Sunday.

The BCCI is keen to ensure that the cash-rich league remains an eight-team tournament as its contract with the broadcasters, Multi Screen Media, envisages a 60-match schedule.

“We have started discussions on the way forward. We have studied the Justice Lodha committee report, the Governing Council will discuss all aspects of this verdict and decide the future course of action,” a top BCCI official said.

The official said that the Board could possibly explore two options to ensure that the IPL remains an eight-team event.

“The BCCI can run the two teams for two years and the original owners can come back after the ban period is over.

The other option is to invite fresh bids for two new teams since many corporate have expressed an interest in buying an IPL team,” he said.

The problem that BCCI might face if it invites bids for two new teams is that it could increase the number of teams to 10 after CSK and RR complete their ban period. Drawing up a home and away basis schedule for 10 teams could drag the league well beyond its stipulated window of about six weeks.

There are few members of the BCCI who are keen to invite fresh bids since it will generate more money for the league.

BCCI running two teams may not be economically viable since the entire cost of managing the team and playing the players their salaries will have to be borne by the Board.

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