The Indian Premier League(IPL) is the most exciting T20 tournament all across the globe and it recently saw the addition of two new teams, thus making it a 10-team contest in the process. The franchises are Lucknow and Ahmedabad. While the Lucknow franchise was bought by the RPSG Group for a whopping sum of INR 7090 Crores, the Ahmedabad franchise was acquired by the CVC Capital Partners for INR 5625 Crores. Now, Star Sports CEO Sanjog Gupta stated that he believes in the expansion of the IPL and the number of teams could be increased to twelve by the next decade.
I think two new IPL teams for sure: Sanjog Gupta on expansion
Freddie Wilde, the co-author of the book Cricket 2.0 recently tweeted about what the CEO of Star Sports, Sanjog Gupta said about the expansion of the tournament. Wilde tweeted an extract from his book.
Gupta had already reflected about the magnification of the exciting tournament into a 10-team affair. Gupta had even added that the expansion of the tournament is for the good of Indian cricket.
“I think two new IPL teams for sure. There cannot be a better time for the IPL to expand for the good of Indian cricket, for maximizing value, and for fans. It is absolutely the right time for the IPL to expand,” Gupta had stated about the expansion of the tournament.
Sanjog Gupta also added that over a period of 10 years, the cash-rich tournament might have 12 teams featuring in it, and the tournament might be played over a three- and half-month period.
“Over a ten-year period, maybe 12 teams. With 10 teams, it should expand by at least two and half weeks. With 12 teams potentially a month extra or maybe more than a month. A two-month tournament becomes a three, three, and half month tournament,” Gupta had revealed.
Gupta had also added that the thrilling tournament might start following in the footsteps of Major League Baseball(MLB) and the National Basketball Association(NBA) where regular-season matches are held. He also spoke about chalking out the plans of Women’s edition.
“As the popularity of women’s cricket grows, IPL franchises are becoming more supportive of the idea of a women’s IPL, which is likely to launch at some point in the early 2020s.”
You can check out the Tweet below:
The cost of the teams clearly underlines that expansion of the IPL from eight teams to ten is the start rather than the end of the growth of the league. This is an extract from Cricket 2.0 where Sanjog Gupta, CEO of Star Sports explains what the future of the IPL might look like. pic.twitter.com/xPjs5Fcbxw
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) October 25, 2021
- Sanjog Gupta believes IPL could become a 12-team contest
- He is supportive of Women’s edition of the tournament