IPL 2021 New Teams (Franchise) Addition:
Dream11 IPL 2020 got his titleholder on Tuesday, 10th November 2020. Mumbai Indians emerged as the winner of the Dream11 IPL 2020 defeating Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets. With the wrap of the delayed season of the Indian Premier League, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is keen on conducting the 2021 edition of IPL soon.
The BCCI has already started preparing for the IPL 2021, which is to be held in late March or early April. However, BCCI is keen on adding the new franchises to the existing 8 IPL teams. It is still not clear whether one franchise will be added or two. The decision is yet to be taken.
However, if the Indian Premier League gets expanded from 8 franchises to 9 or 10 in IPL 2021, BCCI cannot avoid the mega auctions. The time for the next IPL is too short as just four months are available. The existing franchises do not look happy with the decision of expansion.
Existing Franchise Response to IPL Expansion:
Existing franchise owners said IPL 2021 is not far from here, just four months are left and in this short time getting quality players into the core is not possible if Auctions are conducted.
“Teams are already finding it difficult to ensure quality. If we look at most IPL squads, around seven to nine players form the core while two to three players per squad are rotated to find the right balance. Now, if eight franchises are increased to 10, that quality further gets diluted. IPL’s core – the very essence of having a salary purse every year – is to ensure the overall quality of all eight franchises remains somewhere at the same level, regardless of an individual franchise’s spending capacity. If two extra teams draw from the same pool of cricketers at the auction, can the quality be guaranteed,” existing franchises asked as per the Times of India.
Changes in IPL 2021:
BCCI is likely to upgrade the next season of IPL with one or two more teams. The BCCI officials also looking forward to increase the limits of foreign players from 4 to 5 this time. “There are quality overseas players who are warming the bench every season because of the restriction. An added overseas player will balance out that need,” the official is said to have suggested.
A lot of big names are showing interest in owning the IPL team. If reports are to be believed, the Adani Group, Malayalam Star Mohanlal, and the Tatas are attracted to the IPL. Media entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala and Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan have also shown interest.