The Indian Cricket Board will discuss adding two new teams to the Indian Premier League, the world’s richest T20 event, at its annual meeting this month, officials said on Thursday. Delayed three times this year due to the coronavirus epidemic, the latest IPL finally played behind closed doors in the United Arab Emirates, but still attracted record television and digital viewership.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Dhumal confirmed to AFP that the inclusion of two teams in the eight-team league was on the agenda for the December 24 annual meeting.
“We will discuss this with the members and see what their views are and then what to say,” said Dhumal.
The IPL has an estimated brand value of $ 6.8 billion and some of this year’s games attracted more than 200 million viewers in India alone.
Teams spend huge amounts to bring the best players in the world to a tournament traditionally held between March and May.
India captain Virat Kohli has earned $ 2.3 million in 15 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Australian bowler Pat Cummins was the most expensive foreign player, costing Kolkata Knight Riders $ 2.1 million.
According to the news, the Indian group Adani Group and RP-Sanjeev Goenka Group, who entered the Rising Pune Supergiant for two IPL seasons, have shown interest in the new teams.
Also on the agenda seen by the AFP, will be the BCCI’s stand including cricket at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
The International Cricket Council insists on making cricket an Olympic sport, but the Indian board, which is the wealthiest, is reluctant.
Cricket was featured in the 1900 Olympics and was part of the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Women’s cricket will be part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
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