The plans for the induction of two new teams from IPL 2022 have been put on hold by the BCCI. According to the source, the sudden postponement of the IPL 2021 midway has to lead the plans to go haywire. BCCI was to start bidding for two new IPL teams a few months from now. The emergence of the COVID pandemic has made them rethink their strategy.
BCCI right now is deliberating about how the remaining matches of IPL 2021 can be conducted. They are evaluating all scenarios by which they can complete this tournament. According to the source, no discussion right now is taking place about two new teams. All focus is on completing the current edition of the cash-rich league. There were reports that the franchises were told to prepare for two new teams. But this plan as of now has been postponed.
IPL 2021 was always a threat as the Covid cases started pouring into the country. Till the time the Bio-secure bubble was untouched, everything looked in control. But the moment the news about Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrior being COVID positive broke, the writing was always on the cards. The Bio-secure bubble for players along with match staff acted as a shield to protect them from COVID-19.
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The remaining matches of IPL 2021 are expected to be conducted before the T20 cricket world cup. Few media houses have reported about September being a possible month for the remaining matches to be held. ICC Men’s T20 cricket world cup is scheduled to be held in Oct-Nov in India. But it seems the Covid situation in the country may force ICC to pull out this mega event from India. In such a case, Dubai is expected to host ICC Men’s T20 cricket world cup 2021.
The addition of two new teams before the IPL 2022 mega auction was a highly anticipated affair. Few possible names of the two new teams have surfaced in the last few weeks. Ahmedabad and Lucknow were the names of probable two new teams. It would be interesting to see how BCCI manages to conduct the remaining matches of IPL 2021. This would open the door for things to proceed for IPL 2022 including the addition of two new teams.