The participation of 10 teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been approved in the Annual General Assembly Meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). However, it will be implemented from 2022 in place of the upcoming season (2021). The issue of including the new IPL franchise was the most important in this meeting held in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
It has been made a tournament of 10 teams by including two new teams in the IPL. The IPL of 10 teams will have 94 matches, for which about two and a half months will be required. The AGM also supported the inclusion of cricket (T20 format) in the 2028 Los Angeles Games.
After some clarification from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the BCCI will support the International Cricket Council (ICC) exercise to include cricket in the 2028 Olympics. A formal announcement was also made at the meeting of the selection of new BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla, who has been elected unanimously. Former Rajya Sabha MP Shukla had earlier held the post of Vice President while N Srinivasan was the Chairman and was the popular chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council.
Mahim Verma left the post earlier this year. It was only after Verma stepped down from the post of BCCI vice-president that Shukla became likely to hold this post. It is learned that Shukla will not have to go for a cooling off period, as the post of IPL chairman does not come under the tenure of the officer.
It was also decided in the AGM that all first class cricketers will be compensated due to Corona. This compensation will be given to both men and women. In January, the BCCI’s plan to start the domestic season was also discussed with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Championships.
It was also learned that Sourav Ganguly will continue to be the Director in the ICC Board. Secretary Jai Shah will be the alternate director, as well as the representative of India in the meeting of the Chief Executive Committee of the global body.