REPORTS SUGGEST the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat could receive the ninth Indian Premier League franchise at this month’s BBCI Annual General Meeting.
According to Times Now News, a tenth franchise could go to either Lucknow or Kanpur, both in Uttar Pradesh.
The meeting is set to take place on December 24, though it is unclear if it will be decided to add two teams or just one.
A BCCI source told Insidesport: “Time constraints are there but the full auction will be in the interest of everyone. IPL Governing Council will formally decide on this in next 3-4 weeks and communicate to everyone concerned.”
It is not yet clear when the new franchises will begin play, but it is likely to either by 2021 or 2022.
The Adani Group owned by Gautam Adani and Sanjeev Goenka’s RPSG are favourites to buy any new franchises.
Mr Goenka has previously owned an IPL team, the Rising Pune Supergiants.
Alongside the Gujarat Lions, the Supergiants filled in for the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals during their two-season suspension.
The speculated tenth franchise will be the first to be based in the state in Uttar Pradesh.
Both states have one Ranji Trophy win, Gujarat in 2017 and Uttar Pradesh in 2006.
They both also have one win each in the one-day Vijay Hazare Trophy, though Uttar Pradesh’s 2005 success was shared with Tamil Nadu.
In terms of T20 success, both states have the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy once, Gujarat in 2015 and Uttar Pradesh in 2016.
The cost for a new franchise is expected the be the largest by some distance with a former BBCI official telling the Hindustan Times: “I would be surprised if the valuation of the new franchise, whenever it comes on board, is anything less than Rs 300-400 crores per year”
This move has the potential to add 34 more games to the calendar with a BCCI source explaining: “It would mean finding more days at the cost of international cricket. BCCI will try and use it’s good relations with ICC member boards.”
The BBCI is also expected to discuss its Future Tours Programme and its’ position on the potential inclusion of a cricket format at the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.