New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have long been thinking to introduce two new teams in the upcoming edition of cash rich tournament, Indian Premier League (IPL).
The official, confirming the same, on Thursday said that the final decision will be taken at the BCCI Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is scheduled to be held on December 24.
“We will discuss it with the members and see what their views are and then take a call,” said Arun Dhumal, treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
According to several reports, addition of the new teams is one of the top most agendas that are to be discussed at the 89th AGM for which the notice was sent out by secretary Jay Shah on Thursday.
Out of the two teams that are to be introduced, one will be from Ahmedabad, the reports have suggested. One of the new teams could either be owned by South star Mohnalal or Bollywood actor Salman Khan, another report hinted.
It is noteworthy that the Ahmedabad was earlier home to IPL team Gujarat Lions which replaced Chennai Super Kings for two years during their suspension.
The reports of introducing new teams first surfaced after the conclusion of IPL 13 which was played in UAE this year.
“The BCCI has told us to be prepared for an auction in a couple of months. Though it is not official, that they have asked us to be ready means they will go ahead as planned. Moreover, with a new team coming in, it makes sense to have an auction now rather than deferring it by a year,” a franchise official had told TNIE.
Meanwhile, according to a report by AFP, BCCI also looks forwards to clear its stand on including cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics at the December 24 annual meeting.
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