The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 18 October has decided against suspending the two IPL franchises—Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals—putting an end to the speculation of their comeback in the IPL in 2018.
The BCCI took this decision at its Working Committee meeting in Mumbai.
The board decided to go with the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee’s recommendation of suspending the two teams for two years
However, the BCCI did not clarify whether IPL will be a 10-team affair from 2018 once the CSK and RR will back in the IPL fold.
Decision whether it will be a 10-team affair two years hence can be taken only at the AGM (to be held on November 9) where the other issues, including bilateral series with Pakistan, will be discussed in detail, said BCCI officials.
“The Justice Lodha committee interim report will be implemented fully. The two franchisee teams, CSK and RR remain suspended for two years. BCCI will float tenders and invite bids for two new teams to replace CSK & RR in the Indian Premier League for 2016 and 2017 (2 years),” decided the Working Committee.
The BCCI senior officials said the Jutice Lodha Committee’s recommendations would be implemented in toto and since the panel had suspended the two IPL franchises for two years, the Working Group Committee also stuck by it.
The decision was in consonance with president Shashank Manohar’s statement that BCCI won’t be vindictive towards any of its state units.
Other decisions that were taken and ratified included starting the Treasurer’s Office operations from the BCCI Headquarters and appointing Price Water House Coopers as the agency for utilisation of funds provided to the state associations.