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IPL 2021 could be played with 9 teams

According to the latest report, BCCI has taken a call on this and will hold the auction in January or mid-February to allow the eight teams to plan accordingly.

IPL 2021 could be played with 9 teams
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Amid the coronavirus crisis, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) successfully managed to hold the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, in the UAE. Now, the reports suggest that the board has already started preparing for the next season of IPL which is likely to be organised in India. What's more, is that a full-fledged mega-auction is expected to place in 2021, ahead of the tournament.

Considering the 13th edition was scheduled to be played in March but was postponed for November 2020 due to the pandemic, it was earlier reported that the BCCI may cancel the mega auction scheduled for next year as there wasn’t much time left for the next year’s IPL.

According to the latest report, BCCI has taken a call on this and will hold an auction in January or mid-February so that the teams have a good time to plan things.

In an interesting turn of events, the board is also planning to include a new team for the upcoming edition. The report added that the ninth team will be from Ahmedabad and a corporate house is very keen on making the new Sardar Patel Stadium as its home ground.

At mega auctions, franchisees are allowed to retain three players with an option to use Right To Match (RTM) card on their star players. However, there is no clarity regarding the retention policy yet for the forthcoming mega auctions.

For those unaware, the mega finals of IPL 2020 were held on Nov 10 in Dubai and in the same Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals by five wickets and with that Rohit Sharma-led team lifted their fifth IPL trophy.

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