IPL GC mulls having new teams for next two IPL as one option

Having two news teams for the next two editions of IndianLeague in place of suspended Super Kings and Royals was among the two proposals put forward by the Governing Council in its meeting here today.

“One suggestion is to have two new teams only for two years and replace them with CSK and RR in 2018 when they come back,” an IPL GC member told PTI today.

“The second suggestion is to make it 10 teams from 2018 onwards once the two suspended franchises complete their sentence,” he said.

The IPL governing council here to discuss the recommendations given by the Justice Lodha Committee report on the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.

The two proposals will be put forward to the Working Committee which meets here tomorrow.

The BCCI’s last working committee meeting before the AGM due in September will be held here tomorrow and the IPL GC matter will be 12th in the list of agenda which will deal with various cricketing matters, including deliberating on the affiliation issues to Bihar and Uttarakhand.

Former India captain and IPL GC member Sourav Ganguly said the Governing Council gave only the proposals and it’s the BCCI Working Committee that will take decisions.

“The recommendations were given at the GC and the Working Committee will take a decision. It’s all confidential and chairman Rajiv Shukla will brief the media tomorrow,” Ganguly said after the meeting without divulging anything.

Earlier in the day, the Madras High Court directed the Indian cricket board to file its response on the merits and maintainability of a petition filed by Chennai Super Kings challenging Justice Lodha Committee’s order suspending it from the Indian Premier League over the 2013 betting scam.

First bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice TS Sivagnanam directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India to file its counter affidavit within two weeks.

In its petition, city-based Indian Cements Ltd, owner of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), has also sought a stay on the Lodha committee’s order last month suspending it.