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8 teams only in IPL XI: Amitabh
Monday 17 July 2017

Amitabh Choudhary, acting secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has categorically said that next year's edition of the money-spinning IPL would only feature eight teams.
"Eight teams, not an expanded 10," Amitabh told The Telegraph on Sunday, a couple of days after the Board announced that the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals would be back in action as their two-year suspensions are over.
After what Amitabh has stated, there's no chance of the Rising Pune Supergiant and the Gujarat Lions inking a fresh contract with the Board as both had joined the IPL for a period of two years only - 2016 and 2017.
Till Amitabh's comment, the Board hadn't specifically ruled out an expanded IPL to accommodate Rising Pune and the Lions.
Owned by Sanjiv Goenka, chairman of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, Rising Pune made this year's final, a vast improvement on their maiden outing in 2016. The Lions, owned by Intex Technologies' Keshav Bansal, had a fairly good first year but a poor 2017.
Both the Super Kings and the Royals were suspended following the Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha committee's interim report, paying the price for non-cricket practices which exploded onto the front pages and dominated prime time discussions back in May 2013 and thereafter.
Barring 2011 (10 teams) and the next two years when there were nine, the IPL has featured eight teams.
The Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and the Delhi DareDevils have been the five constant teams right through the ten years of the trend-setting IPL.
Meanwhile, the next SGM of the Board, on July 26th, would be held in New Delhi. On the agenda is the approval of the recommendations of the special committee chaired by senior administrator and MP Rajeev Shukla.
It's interesting that the SGM would be held two days after the "limited hearing" of Board-related matters in the Supreme Court.

Amitabh Choudhary, acting secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has categorically said that next year's edition of the money-spinning IPL would only feature eight teams.

"Eight teams, not an expanded 10," Amitabh told The Telegraph on Sunday, a couple of days after the Board announced that the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals would be back in action as their two-year suspensions are over.

After what Amitabh has stated, there's no chance of the Rising Pune Supergiant and the Gujarat Lions inking a fresh contract with the Board as both had joined the IPL for a period of two years only - 2016 and 2017.

Till Amitabh's comment, the Board hadn't specifically ruled out an expanded IPL to accommodate Rising Pune and the Lions.

Owned by Sanjiv Goenka, chairman of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, Rising Pune made this year's final, a vast improvement on their maiden outing in 2016. The Lions, owned by Intex Technologies' Keshav Bansal, had a fairly good first year but a poor 2017.

Both the Super Kings and the Royals were suspended following the Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha committee's interim report, paying the price for non-cricket practices which exploded onto the front pages and dominated prime time discussions back in May 2013 and thereafter.

Barring 2011 (10 teams) and the next two years when there were nine, the IPL has featured eight teams.

The Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and the Delhi DareDevils have been the five constant teams right through the ten years of the trend-setting IPL.

Meanwhile, the next SGM of the Board, on July 26th, would be held in New Delhi. On the agenda is the approval of the recommendations of the special committee chaired by senior administrator and MP Rajeev Shukla.

It's interesting that the SGM would be held two days after the "limited hearing" of Board-related matters in the Supreme Court.

(Courtesy: The Telegraph)

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