Indian Premier League: Franchise owners open to the idea of having 10 teams in the IPL

While the franchise owners have no issue in number of teams being increased, the final decision for the same lies with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

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Soon you might see 10 teams competing against each other in the country's cash-rich T20 tournament, Indian Premier League (IPL) as the franchise owners and other stakeholders had discussed the same in a meeting held in London, earlier this week.

However, the increase in the number of teams won’t be the first time in the history of the tournament as 10 sides had earlier competed in the 2011 edition of the IPL with the addition of franchises, Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Pune Warriors. 

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But the contractual issues between Kochi and the BCCI meant that the team could only last one season before the Sahara-owned Pune Warriors also pulled out after the 2013 edition, making it an eight-team contest again from 2014.

The officials who attended the meeting have given a nod to the proposal of ten teams but have stated that the final call for the same remains with BCCI. According to the official, the discussion has just been conducted at an informal level.

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Meanwhile, it can be a positive indication for the Indian cricket as IPL has become a renowned brand over the years and the interest being shown by the corporates in India brings a wide scope for the growth of IPL in the country.

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