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IPL 2021 to be played with 9 teams: Reports

The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League was a huge success, thanks to the BCCI for hosting the lucrative tournament in the United Arab Emirates. Mumbai Indians defended the title for the first time to win their fifth trophy since the inaugural edition of the league.

IPL 2021 to be played with 9 teams: Reports

13 seasons of the IPL have been done and dusted. Mumbai Indians are the most successful franchise in tournament’s history with 5 titles. Chennai Super Kings are the second-most successful franchise in the league with 3 titles. They were really poor in the previous season as they finished 7th in the points table.

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A lot was expected from the yellow army in the league but all those expectations turned out to be disappointments. Delhi Capitals reached the finals for the first time in the tournament and lost to Mumbai Indians in the finals.

Meanwhile, all franchises are gearing up for the forthcoming season of the IPL. The forthcoming auction is likely to take place on February 11. Before that, franchises have already figured out who will be retained and who will be released from the squads. Earlier, there were reports that two IPL franchises will be added in the next season.

Only one team to be added in the next season: reports

The BCCI in its Annual General Meeting in December planned that it will bring two new franchisees. As per the media outlets, this move is unlikely. Actually, BCCI had plans to add 2 new teams but there has been an immediate change of plans as per a report in Times of India.

There have been several reasons behind not introducing 2 teams which is mainly because of business reasons. As of now, adding one team alone will help BCCI have a better estimate on the value it can draw the attention of the tenth team in the times to come.

“All said, it’s a well-thought move. The BCCI will clearly benefit in the short and long run because it’ll derive better value from the 10th franchise in the future, doesn’t really disturb the ecosystem, for now, buys them more time to put their own house in order,” industry executive was quoted as saying.

“The idea is also to maintain the quality of the tournament, which means ensuring quality cricketers are available to make for a 10-team pool. Now, is that the case? The ecosystem can only expand in line with talent and manpower. That balance has to exist,” the ones privy to the development was quoted as saying by TOI.

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