Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) held its 89th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday in Ahmedabad. The governing body after having a discussion has approved for making the highly coveted Indian Premier League(IPL) a 10 team tournament.
BCCI ratifies the entry of two new additions of teams in IPL
One of the important points on the agenda list during the AGM was “Approval on the inclusion of 2 new teams to Indian Premier League”. The board members have taken the decision to include two new franchises from 2022 edition of IPL.
A Board member has revealed, “Two new teams will be introduced in the 2022 IPL.”
It was previously reported that the number of teams will be increased in the upcoming edition of the tournament in 2021 but as it turns out, it would be a mammoth of a task with short amount of time in hand.
A major talking point was the inclusion of cricket in Olympics. BCCI has come forward to back the ICC’s bid for inclusion of cricket, in the T20 format, in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics “after getting some clarifications from the International Olympic Committee”.
The members also decided that all first-class players, both men and women, will be compensated for the disrupted domestic season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The BCCI is outlining a plan to commence the domestic season in January with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championship after the delay of few months.
A member said: ” The BCCI will give a lump-sum compensation amount to the state units. Now they will draw up their own list and accordingly compensate their male and female players.”
Rajiv Shukla appointed as VP
Congress leader Rajiv Shukla was officially appointed the Board’s vice president replacing Mahim Verma from Uttarakhand.
Sourav Ganguly is set to carry on his duties as a director in the ICC Board.
Secretary Jay Shah will be the alternate director and India’s representative at the Chief Executive Committee meets of the global body.
Shukla said, “It’s a great day for Indian cricket, we have taken many decisions in today’s AGM by which cricket of our country will certainly be growing.
He added: This year COVID-19 impacted one and all but we managed to hold this year and my focus as the vice-president will always be to improve Indian cricket.”
The upcoming edition of IPL is set to start from April 2021.