IPL 2022 New Teams – The picture is becoming clearer for expanision of the Indian Premier League (IPL2022) next season just before IPL 2021 Phase 2 begins in UAE. The potential cities have been identified by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The BCCI plans to expand the IPL to two cities in Hindi-speaking areas, as the existing cricket hubs are already hosting franchises. This will ensure a balanced pan-Indian balance.
IPL 2022: BCCI shortlists six cities as the two new franchises to IPL 2022. Special emphasis on Hindi speaking regions
IPL 2022, New Teams – Latestpost.in reports that the new cities will be Guwahati Ranchi Cuttack Ahmedabad Lucknow and Dharamsala. Insidesport reports that Ahmedabad is considered the strongest candidate and Lucknow and Guwahati are potential candidates for a second franchise. BCCI will determine the base price of Rs 2,000 crore to be used for the two new teams in the auction process.
IPL 2022 – BCCI wants to capitalize on Hindi-speaking regions
Apart from Delhi and Punjab’s popularity, BCCI is most interested in acquiring a franchisee from the North. Star Sports, which is the official broadcaster, reported that 65% came from Hindi-speaking regions. 50.7% comes from the same area for the ongoing India/England Test series.
“The BCCI anticipates that the figure will be in the vicinity of 5000 crore or more. The IPL will have 74 games next season. It’s a win for all.IPL teams are a great investment. Initial investors have seen great returns. We believe that a base price between 2,000 and 3500 Cr is reasonable. We expect to see teams with this amount of revenue.
The franchises that are available in the Southern region include the Royal Challengers Bangalore Super Kings, Chennai Super Kings, and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Kochi might have been considered as a potential location, however, due to ongoing litigation regarding the now-defunct Kochi Tuskers franchise lawsuit, BCCI will be looking at the North/Eastern zone.
BCCI anticipates the new franchises to cost Rs 5,000 crore.