Rajeev Shukla is the chairman of Indian Premier League. Today in a media conference, he made it clear that the Rising Pine Supergiants & Gujarat Lions will not get an extension. And if they have to come back in the IPL Season 11 2018, the only has to be through a fresh bidding process.
This year two teams (Chennai Super Kings & Rajasthan Royals) will be making a comeback after having the two-year ban for their involvement in the spot-fixing.
Today Rajeev Shukla said, “No extension is being given to both the teams (RPS and Lions). The agreement was only for two years. Even if we make it a 10-team league, the two new teams would have to be freshly bid, so they (RPS and GL) are not being given any extension or anything,” The IPL governing council want that only 8 teams will participate into this league. 10-team league only increase the number of matches that is not a very good idea.
Shukla also added that “Next year, as per SC order, the two (suspended) teams would be back. The issue of whether 8 or 10 teams will come up at the IPL GC meeting. So far the plan is to go ahead with 8 teams. A 10-team league has to be endorsed by the Governing Council.” All cricket players were supposed to go back into the auction pool after the 10-year cycle but Rajeev Shukla indicated that retention policy may still be considered. Shukla has indicated that retention policy of the players might continue even after the 10-year period, after which it was mandatory to conduct a fresh auction pool.
Rajeev Shukla said that “We will have a mega auction but retention policy also needs to be decided. The mega-auction is not going to take place immediately it will be just before next IPL, so we have enough time to decide. The issue (of e-auction) has been discussed. The IPL staff has been told to talk to the experts. It’s a segregated tender (digital/broadcast/mobile) for different zones, so it becomes difficult. “But the title sponsorship, there we have decided to go for e-auction. Vivo was there for 2 years and fresh auction will be held.”