IPL’s matches increased with the inclusion of 2 new teams

The addition of two new franchises in the Indian Premier League has now been made official and with that a whole lot of changes are being announced in the format of the tournament. BCCI released a statement shortly after the auction wherein Sanjeev Goenka’s company RPSG and CVC Capital outbidded the others, securing the ownerships of the Lucknow and Ahmedabad based teams respectively. In this article, we will be talking about how the addition of these two teams will change the framework of the India Premier League.

To begin with, there will be 74 matches to be played instead of 60 matches this time out. Well this isn’t any different than what used to be the case when Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers were added to the roster as even back then, 74 matches were played. But the 14 more matches that are set to be played, is indeed a big change as that means increased revenue for all the teams and BCCI as well.

“The new franchises will participate in IPL from 2022 season onwards subject to the bidders completing the post-bid formalities as specified in the ITT document. The IPL 2022 season will comprise ten teams and will have 74 matches, wherein each team will play 7 home and 7 away matches,” the BCCI said in a release.

In the statement that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly gave after the announcement of the two new teams post the auction, he said: “The BCCI is happy to welcome two new teams from the next season of the Indian Premier League. I would like to congratulate RPSG Ventures Ltd. & Irelia Company Pte Ltd for being the successful bidders. The IPL will now go to two new cities in India viz in Lucknow and Ahmedabad,” Ganguly said.

“It is heartening to see the inclusion of two new teams at such a high valuation, and it reiterates the cricketing and financial strength of our cricket ecosystem. True to IPL’s motto of ‘Where Talent Meets Opportunity’, the inclusion of two new teams will bring more domestic cricketers from our country to the global stage.” he added.