The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) took a major decision regarding IPL at the 89th Annual General Meeting (AGM). In 2021, 8 teams will play in the tournament as before, but in IPL 2022 two more teams will be added. Also, every first-class cricketer (women and men) will get compensation for the loss from Corona.
The meeting was held at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday. It was decided that BCCI President Sourav Ganguly will continue as Director on the ICC Board. Also, Rajiv Shukla was formally appointed as Vice President of BCCI.
Chetan becomes chairman of selection committee
Former cricketer Chetan Sharma has been made the Chairman (Chief Selector) of the Senior National Selection Committee of the BCCI. At the same time, former India and Mumbai fast bowlers Abhay Kuruvilla and Devashish Mohanty were also made members of the selection committee. The new selection committee will select the team for the home series against England in February next year.
These 10 decisions were taken at the meeting
- The BCCI will support the ICC’s decision to include cricket in the 2028 Olympics after clarification from the International Olympic Committee.
- BCCI President Sourav Ganguly will continue to be a Director on the ICC Board. In his absence, Secretary Jai Shah will take over this responsibility.
- Shah will also be an India Representative in the ICC. He will represent the board at the chief executive meeting of the ICC.
- All domestic tournaments will be held after the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 Championship in January.
- BCCI Secretary Jai Shah and Treasurer Arun Dhumal will talk to the Central Government to give tax exemption for ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and 2023 ODI World Cup. Both the World Cups are to be hosted by India. BCCI will lose about Rs 904 crore due to non-tax exemption for the T20 World Cup.
- Rajiv Shukla was formally appointed as the Deputy Chairman of the Board. The post was vacant since Mahim Chaudhary.
- According to sources, the BCCI has increased the insurance cover of cricketers from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
- Also, the board has increased the retirement age of umpires, match referees and scorers from 55 to 60.
- Along with the 14th season of the IPL, women’s and men’s tournaments at junior and senior levels will also be held in India. Also, age related tournaments such as under-23, under-19 and under-16 tournaments will also be held.
- The meeting also discussed women’s Test cricket the following year. However, BCCI Apex Council will take a decision on this.
Which cities can the new franchisee be in?
Ahmedabad’s name is at the forefront of the new franchise for IPL 2022. Anyway, the Gujarat Cricket Association has built the country’s largest stadium with a capacity of 1 lakh 10 thousand spectators in Ahmedabad. With this, IPL will also get more viewers in the matches to be held here. Pune, Kanpur or Lucknow are named in the race for the second franchise.
- Gautam Adani, the owner of the Adani Group, one of the richest people in the country, has already expressed his desire to buy IPL franchises. Now that the name of Ahmedabad is leading, the Gujarati businessman has found a reason to join the IPL.
- Adani may get a tough fight with Sanjeev Goenka of RPG Group. Goenka has been the owner of Pune Supergiants, part of the IPL.
- South’s superstar Mohanlal is also said to be keen on buying a new IPL franchise. He is accompanied by big businessmen from the South. Mohanlal also visited Dubai during the recently concluded IPL. Such speculation has been taking place since then.
What does it mean to grow teams in IPL 2022?
For the players: After the IPL which ended in November, it was called the most successful IPL in terms of performance of teams. Since then many former players have also advocated increasing the number of teams in the IPL 2022. He says that more players will get a chance.
For BCCI: Increasing the number of teams will also increase the number of matches. With this, the BCCI expects a substantial increase in revenue.
For the broadcaster: This could increase the trouble of Star India, the broadcast partner of IPL. Star is already under a lot of pressure due to the high licensing fees of the IPL. Now with 10 teams in IPL 2022, the number of matches will increase to 94. With the addition of 34 extra matches, Star India will have to pay more than 17 hundred crore rupees in licensing fees, which can make it difficult for them.