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IPL to have 10 teams from 2022

The BCCI announced the move after its annual meeting but did not say when the two teams would start with media reports claiming it would be in 2022

Update : 25 Dec 2020, 07:33 PM

The Indian Premier League is to be increased from eight to 10 teams as the world's richest Twenty20 event seeks to cash in on its growing television audience.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the move after its annual meeting Thursday but did not say when the two teams would start with media reports claiming it would be in 2022.

The 14th IPL is scheduled to start in March and the tournament would need one year to address tricky issues around logistics, media rights and planning for the new outfits, cricket officials were quoted as saying.

A bigger tournament would almost certainly mean a longer stay in India for the top players from around the world who earn huge salaries.

India captain Virat Kohli is said to have earned $2.3m playing 15 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

Australia bowler Pat Cummins was the most expensive foreign player, costing Kolkata Knight Riders $2.1m.

Mumbai, who had beaten Delhi three times this season en route to the final, prevailed once again with eight balls to spare, dashing their opponents' hopes of winning their maiden IPL title

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The BCCI said only he IPL general council "will work out the modalities regarding scheduling for up to 10 teams." 

The 2020 tournament, won by the Mumbai Indians, was held in the United Arab Emirates after being postponed several times because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

It claimed television audiences of more than 200m for some matches but the Brand Finance consultancy said the IPL's business value fell 22% to $4.4bn this year because of the pandemic's impact on revenues.

But Brand Finance said the IPL was still a global leader easily attracting the best players from England, Australia, South Africa and West Indies. 

According to reports, Indian conglomerates Adani Group and RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, which entered Rising Pune Supergiant for two IPL seasons, have shown interest in the new teams.

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