As we get closer to the remainder of IPL 2021, the preparations for a new look IPL 2022 is on.
The next edition of IPL will have 10 teams and the BCCI has invited bids for the two new franchises.
The minimum bid price for each of the new franchises will be INR 2000 crore and that there are 6 cities lined up for the same including Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Guwahati and Cuttack.
It is understood that Ahmedabad and Lucknow currently have an edge compared to other cities. The Adani Group, A banking group and the RP Sanjiv Goenka group are favourites to get new franchisees. It may be recalled that the RP Sanjiv Goenka group had owned the Rising Pune Supergiant team during 2016-17 and the Pune team were the runners up under Steve Smith’s captaincy in 2017 losing a closely fought to Mumbai Indians by 1 run.
The biggest change in IPL 2022 will be that the 10 teams will be divided into 2 groups much like the 2011 edition when IPL had 10 teams. Each team will play the other team in their group twice on home and away basis ( total of 8 games) and 4 teams in the other group once and one team in that group twice which will make 14 matches in the league phase for each team.
According to reliable sources in BCCI, if all the 10 teams play against each other then there will be 94 matches in the event while is difficult to accommodate as there is no window for such a long event, hence the group system has to be resorted to.
The complete finalisation and the floating of the two new franchisees are likely to happen tentatively by the end of October 2021.