The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to take up the matter of possible expansion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament from present size of eight teams to ten teams in its upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 24 December, reports Hindustan Times.
If materialised, the inclusion of two new teams would translate into 34 more games, given there are talks of running the league in a 94-match window to ensure that the present home and away format remains unaffected.
This would be different from 2011 IPL when for the first time the league had been expanded to ten teams. Then, the league was played in a 74-match window with the teams being divided into two groups.
This comes as RP Sanjiv Goenka Group and Adani Group are said to have evinced interest in owning a franchise in the tournament. It should be noted that while RP Sanjiv Goenka Group has previously run the Rising Pune Supergiants team for a span of two years from 2016-17, the Adani Group had lost out in the bidding war in the 2011expansion.
If it gets the bid right this time, the Adani Group is said to be hoping to make the all-new Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad their home. The stadium boasts of a capacity to seat as many as 1,10,000 spectators.
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