The BCCI declared that the Indian Premier League Media Rights for the cycle 2023-2027 will be delivered after the declaration of two new groups in IPL on October 25, 2021. Following the declaration by BCCI, cricket fans in India rushed to guess which of the two Indian urban areas would have their groups, as IPL is good to go to turn into a ten-group competition. Presently, in the 2021 IPL season, eight groups are clashing with one another for the IPL title, as the competition moves toward its conclusion on October 15.
Cricket fans speculate which two cities will get IPL franchise
Cricket fans on Twitter speculated the new teams to be hailing from cities like Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Indore, and Pune among the many others. A user claimed that one of the new teams will surely be Ahmedabad, as the World’s biggest stadium, Narendra Modi Stadium, also known as Motera Stadium is situated in the city. The user added that BCCI would earn a great deal of money with the tickets sold in the stadium, as the stadium can host up to 1,32,000 spectators at once.
Another user pitched in favour of Pune for having a new IPL team, as the city has a great pull from cricket fans. However, citing Pune joining and quitting the tournament twice, the user added that Indore or Lucknow can be next in line as it would be loved by the fans in Central India. Another user said that Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow has an upper hand in terms of audience capacity.
Meanwhile, a user predicted that IPL will eventually have 16 teams competing in the future as it is just about the time and bidding process. The user mentioned Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Indore, Guwahati, and Ranchi among the other 16 teams. At the same time, few of the users called for the inclusion of Jammu and Kashmir as an IPL team.
The BCCI also announced on September 21 that the board has decided to extend the date of purchasing the Invitation to Tender (ITT) to own and operate one of the two new IPL teams, till October 10. Prior to this announcement, the last date to purchase the ITT for the right to own and operate the team was October 5. The ITT would be available for interested buyers on receipt of payment of INR 10,00,000 plus GST. In the official press release, BCCI added that the payment would be a non-refundable Tender fee and the interested parties may email at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive further details about the ITT purchase.