IPL 2022 to have 10 teams instead of eight

The decision regarding the same was taken at the recently held BCCI Annual General Meeting, where the board members agreed to the decision in unison. However, the same would be in 2022, the auction for which will begin post next year's league.

IPL 2022 to have 10 teams instead of eight

In a recently taken decision, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Thursday, December 24, 2020, announced that the Indian Premier League (IPL), scheduled to be held in 2022, will now have 10 teams.

As per reports, two new teams will also play in the IPL and the same was approved at the 89th Annual General Meeting of the BCCI, held in Ahmedabad on Thursday. At present, there are eight teams in the league, however, in 2022, there will be ten IPL teams in the season. 

Reports state that the number of matches will also increase with the addition of two teams. The auction process for the same will begin in 2021 post the IPL season. Present at the BCCI meeting was Board President Sourav Ganguly and all the other officials, who discussed a number of important issues. In addition to this, it is said that the board has agreed that all first-class players, both men and women, will not be able to play due to the coronavirus pandemic. Officials at the meeting also decided to include cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

Experts state that if 10 teams are included in the IPL, it could disturb the international schedule as matched would be played over a period of two and a half months. At the same time, the availability of foreign players would become a key issue. Moreover, broadcasters charge for 60 matches each year, and as per data, the contract with Star India is for more than INR 16,000 crore for each of the 60-match seasons, for the period 2018-2022; which as per new rules will have to be changed once this is made effective.