Ten-team tournament on hold after IPL 2021 suspension

BCCI has put the tenders for the new two teams for IPL 2022 on hold after the suspension of IPL 2021 due to the pandemic situation.

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The second wave of COVID-19 is hitting hard in India as the country is fighting hearts out against the virus. The wave hit this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League too as there was an outbreak of the virus within the bio-bubbles of the franchises.

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As an immediate result, BCCI and the IPL Governing Council jointly took the decision to suspend the league indefinitely, considering the safety of all the stakeholders involved. A major challenge after the suspension of the tournament is conducting the remainder of the tournament within this year.

There a few windows left in the year to conduct the remaining matches of IPL 2021. Still, there are a lot of challenges involved mainly due to the ICC T20 World Cup and other international fixtures. BCCI is trying to figure out a suitable time span to conduct the remaining matches.

In the meantime, BCCI has suspended the tender calling processes for the two new teams ahead of the next season of the league. It is learnt that the board is now focusing only on conducting the remainder of IPL 2021. Until a conclusive decision is reached on that, the board won’t be dealing with the addition of new teams.

“Time is not right to even talk about the new IPL teams at this stage. We have to first decide the way forward on the suspended season and then only decisions can be taken on the new teams for IPL 2022. No discussion in this regard is happening at this stage in the BCCI,” a BCCI official quoted.

“We don’t see any moment on this before July. We can’t give any timelines at this stage. As I said, no discussion currently in this regard is taking place in BCCI for now,” he added.

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