COVID-19 pandemic has put the BBCI proposed 10-team IPL plans on hold

Published:19 May 2021

ICC is confident

For the time being, the BCCI has placed the planned 10-team IPL plans on hold. With a mega auction scheduled for the 15th season, the board was ready to launch two new teams in 2022. However, the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has placed those preparations on hold, as the BCCI is currently focused on completing the 2021 tournament, which was postponed indefinitely on May 04 2021.

Before the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, two players from the KKR camp tested positive for the virus. The IPL was running smoothly, with 29 games completed. Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, two players, violated the bio-bubble rules by arriving without completing the quarantine time.

The BCCI is searching for a window to finish the remaining 31 matches, and several countries have offered assistance, including the United Arab Emirates, England, Australia, and Sri Lanka.

The board had previously announced that the two new teams would be finalised by the end of this month to allow the franchises enough time to plan for the 2022 season. Those plans have been postponed, but the league will hold a mega player auction next year to give all teams a reasonable shot at building a competitive squad.