IPL: 3 more teams?

IPL Governing Council is to meet today (August 11, 2009) at Cricket Centre, Mumbai.

Though the decision on the inclusion of former ICL players in the IPL 3rd edition to be played during March-April 2010 is the main agenda, it is rumoured that a decision on expanding the IPL franchisee to 3 more cities is also on the anvil.

If so IPL will become a 10 team (franchisee) domestic cricket competition.

On the former ICL players, Rajiv Shukla, Vice President of the BCCI, confirmed to Cricketnirvana “that there wouldn’t be any bidding for the ICL players at the IPL auction; instead they would be sold to franchises at fixed prices”.

It means these ICL players will look to BCCI to get them a fair price, in essence the BCCI can still punish them by fixing very low prices. Looks like these ICL players will be beholden to BCCI for life.


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Here is the updated news on IPL.

IPL IV will have 2 more teams and not 3 as speculated earlier. However, the two franchisees will be live from IPL IV. Startling news that may create uproar is that from IPL IV 2011 onwards there will be no ‘icon’ players. This means players like Dhoni, Sehwag, Yuvraj and Tendulkar will become mere mortals. Now the question is will they like it.

Coming to IPL 3, it will kick-off on March 12, 2010 with a game between IPL II winners Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders at Hyderabad.

IPL III will have four additional match staging centres -- Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam, Ahmedabad and Dharamsala – and will also stage one extra match, for the third place play-off.

In all 94 games will be played over a period of 45 days. The trading window is set for December 15, 2009 to January 5, 2010.


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Blogger Christopher Poshin David said...

I wonder which cities will be included as the new teams.........

11/08/2009, 15:32  
Anonymous Ottayan said...


These are the possibilities.

Expansions- 2010-11 season -
IPL Ahmedabad
IPL Kanpur
IPL Kerala (City Cricketers)
Any teams from the following-
A team from Noida, Uttar Pradesh
A Patna-Ranchi joined franchisee
A team from the Assam
A team from the north-western states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand

11/08/2009, 16:25  
Anonymous Philip said...

Kerala and Gujarat are more or less confirmed. Some UP team could be there too.

11/08/2009, 16:44  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Good at least Sreesanth will get a chance to play.:)

11/08/2009, 17:55  
Blogger straight point said...

maybe bcci don't want to create a scene where existing player is sold for far less amount then icl one...

maybe the bar of for first year only and after if they perform well can be sold at 'appropriate' prices next season...?

11/08/2009, 18:26  
Blogger Vikas said...

Returned ICL player should thank BCCI who make gateway for them
otherwise they were spare doing nothing in future.One of the returned player told that in ICl you have to play maximum 30-45 days for a year;they want cricket and they cannot sit idle,that's why they are returning

11/08/2009, 19:19  
Blogger Ottayan said...


No clarity yet. They are talking about a maximum of 20 lakhs, which is too low.

11/08/2009, 19:23  
Blogger Ottayan said...


I agree that BCCI has proved their saviour. However, the logic of such low prices escapes me.:)

11/08/2009, 19:24  
Blogger LVISS said...


11/08/2009, 21:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats a nice piece of information, if a team from Kerala is involved I think they have to consider Kochi also as the home venue for Kerala team. Lets wait and see whats gonna happen.

11/08/2009, 21:15  
Blogger Ottayan said...


They will be treated as second class citizens. Case in point, their prices have been fixed at 8 to 20 lakhs.

Which is peanuts when compared to the payments made for other IPL players.

12/08/2009, 05:28  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Even I think it will be Kochi. But if Mohan Lal is the owner, I think he will plump for Trivandrum.

12/08/2009, 05:30  
Anonymous Liju Philip said...

If its Kochi, it will be "Kochi Konquerers". If its TVM, it will be "Trivandrum theevandi" ;)

Priyadarshan and Mohanlal are to be co-owners of the Kerala team. That's the insider news in all the mallu papers.

And ya, there will be at least one team that will let a loser like Sreesanth play.

12/08/2009, 06:10  
Blogger Ottayan said...

The Trivandrum Theevandi is an apt one.:)

12/08/2009, 09:40  

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