The Indian Premier League (IPL) has got two new teams- Pune and Rajkot. These two teams will play in 2016 and 2017 editions of the T20 league. The Pune franchise has been bought by Sanjiv Goenka, while Intex Mobiles have successfully bid for the Rajkot team.
The Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) opened tenders for the same in the national capital. Only the two teams were announced, and their owners will get to buy 10 players in December 2015.
While there are several world class players available for auctions from Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings – the two franchises were suspended for a two-year period from the tournament after a Supreme Court order, the first bidding in all likelihood will be of MS Dhoni – the former CSK skipper, who is probably the most valuable player in the tournament.
BCCI Working Committee had decided to replace CSK and RR following the interim report of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee on the spot- fixing and betting scandal in the IPL 2013.
There is one interesting clause which says that the team with the lowest bid will have the first right to pick a player from the elite list of players from the two popular franchises.
Earlier, IPL’s governing council had decided to omit Jaipur and Kochi from the list of cities which will bid for new IPL teams on December 8.
Source: India Today